Gutters may be a small part of your home, but they play a big role in preventing major problems. This is why keeping them clean is important. In addition to preventing an unplanned gutters replacement, being proactive about gutter cleaning and maintenance helps you avoid the following problems:
1. Overflowing Gutters
Dirt, leaves, and debris can collect in the gutters, preventing water from flowing into your system, which defeats the purpose of having gutters in the first place. Overflowing water can damage your roof, siding, landscape, and even your home’s foundation, requiring costly repairs.
2. Water Damage
Clogged gutters can force the rainwater to back up onto your roof, leading to roof leaks. This can happen even if you have a brand new roof in prime condition. In addition to damage to the roofing structure, moisture can damage the attic insulation and negatively affect your home’s energy efficiency. The soffit and fascia could also sustain water damage, leading to rot.
3. Rusty and Leaky Gutters
Standing water in the gutters can also accelerate the formation of rust, eventually causing holes to form in the gutters. This can necessitate the need for a new gutter installation.
4. Ice Dam Formation
Ice dams are primarily caused by poorly-insulated (or water-damaged) attic insulation. During winter, as the heat from the attic raises the roof’s temperature, the melted ice flows down to the roof’s edge where it refreezes. Clean or covered gutters should be able to handle the refreezing ice, but neglected ones cannot.
5. Pest Problems
Clogged gutters encourage fungi and algae growth in the summer. Standing water in the gutters is also a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Keeping your sectional or seamless gutters clean can help prevent these problems. To further bolster your gutters’ protection, you should also consider investing in a high-quality gutter protection system like Gutter Helmet®. To learn more, call Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY today at (866) 252-9400. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation.