Along with the crisp vibrancy of fall comes the inevitable gutters clogged with leaves. While few people happily anticipate the chore of cleaning their gutters, failure to do so can result in big trouble. Here's what can happen when rain water and snow melt can't quickly run to the ground and away from the home.
Water Damage to Fascia
Once plugged, gutters fill with water that has nowhere to go, it overflows behind the gutters and runs down the fascia boards to which they are attached. Of course, water rots wood, so if the situation remains chronic, the fascia will eventually deteriorate to the point it can no longer hold up the gutters. Sooner or later, not only will the gutters become detached, but the fascia boards will, too.
Leaks Inside the House
While falling gutters and fascia look unsightly, worse still can happen when the water backs up under the roof and wall sheathing. Even with drip edge metal along the eaves, water can rise enough to encroach under the decking boards to which the shingles are attached. Once inside the attic, water can rot out the soffits. Enough water can run backward, past the outer walls, and into the drywall. Hidden moisture in the soffits and drywall can easily become an unhealthy mold issue in our climate.
Gutters filled with leaves, dirt and debris will overflow to the ground around the foundation. As it soaks into the ground it may leach through the foundation. Tiny cracks can become very large fissures in the concrete, allowing water to pour into the basement or crawl space. During the winter freeze/thaw cycles, the presence of water in or up against the foundation can exacerbate the damage.
Roof drainage not properly channeled away from patios, porches and driveways can erode the dirt supporting them. As the soil washes out from under the the concrete items, they can crack and heave, becoming tripping hazards as much as unappealing surfaces.
Development of Mosquito Habitats
Mosquitoes plague us enough without any help. But standing water in gutters extends an invitation and happy breeding ground for the disease-carrying pests.
Nothing good can come from clogged gutters. But cleaning them out can be a scary proposition leading to neglect. That's why you should consider installing a Gutter Helmet® system. The special patented design of Gutter Helmet® prevents leaves and debris from entering your gutters all year round. Once covered, the Gutter Helmet® lifetime warranty means you'll never have to climb a ladder and dig out your troughs again.
At Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvements, we so believe in the effectiveness of Gutter Helmet® products that we became an authorized dealer. Also, as part of the installation service, we clean out your gutters for you. Embrace autumn with no trepidation. Call today to schedule a free consultation to get your gutters cleaned and updated with Gutter Helmet®.