Could Your Gutters Be Causing Water Damage?March 4, 2020
As you start checking off your spring cleaning “To Do” list, be sure to add gutter cleaning to the list. Clearing out your home’s gutters every spring and fall is a smart way to stay ahead of potential water damage that can occur.
Clogged gutters can cause a myriad of water problems that can damage your home’s siding, foundation, and the walls of your interior. Let’s take a closer look at the water issues that can develop as a result of your gutters.
Gutters that have not been cleared of leaves, broken branches, debris, and water can back up instead of flowing freely down the gutter and out the waterspouts. When water backs up it will sit at your roofline until it finds a way in this causing your roof to eventually leak. The flowing water can cause the shingles to degrade causing even more leaking.
As the build up of water finds its way into the shingles and roofing material it is really just a matter of time before mold and mildew begins to grow.
Damage to Siding
As gutters fill with water due to being cogged, they become too heavy for the metal attachments that keep them in place. This, in turn, puts enormous stress on the siding or windows that are under that area. Combine the water and weight and the wood siding will begin to rot and break. This is a structural issue that may need to be repaired after the gutters have been mitigated.
The true purpose of a gutter is to keep the water from collecting around the foundation. If a gutter is too clogged to allow the water to flow away from a building or home, the water may find its way into the foundation. The cracks and small openings in a home’s foundation are a perfect way for water to continue moving. After weeks and months of water wearing away at a foundation, there may be structural issues that will need to be addressed.
As water that can not flow away from the home begins to wander down the side of a home, it may find its way to the interior walls. Unfortunately wall leaks, unlike roof leaks, are not always visible until a large mold and mildew problem is discovered. Some homeowners find water stains on interior ceilings or walls that tip them off to the problem, but for many, the issue is allowed to fester until it becomes a large insurance cost.
If your home is damaged by clogged or malfunctioning gutters you may find you need water remediation. Pro-Care specializes in finding the cause of the water issue and coming up with a solution that will remove the damage, repair the area, and prevent future issues from occurring. Call us or contact us through our website if you find that your gutters are causing water headaches in your home or business.
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