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6 Problems Caused by Clogged Gutters

In Central Florida, many trees drop their leaves twice a year. Additionally, storms with high winds can cause branches to break off trees and drop on rooftops. Proactive gutter maintenance, including regular cleaning, checking for proper drainage (pitch), and checking for physical damage can help prevent future problems and protect your investment in your home. Additionally, as shingle roofs age the granules on the shingles can fall off or “Degranulate.” These granules can also cause water flow in gutters to be impeded.


Clogged gutters prevent water from properly draining away from your home. This can lead to water overflowing the gutters, which can damage your roof, siding, and foundation. Water seepage into the walls or foundation can cause structural damage and mold growth, leading to costly repairs.


When gutters are clogged, water can accumulate on the roof, leading to rotting of the roof materials, including shingles and underlayment. This can compromise the integrity of your roof, leading to leaks and the need for premature roof replacement.


The weight of debris and standing water in clogged gutters can cause them to sag, pull away from the fascia, or even collapse. This can damage the gutter system itself, requiring repairs or replacement.


Clogged gutters provide an ideal environment for pests such as mosquitoes, ants, rodents, and birds to breed and nest. These pests can pose health risks and cause further damage to your home.


Overflowing gutters can saturate the soil around your home’s foundation and landscaping. This can lead to erosion, damage to plants and shrubs, and even flooding in your basement or crawl space.


Clogged gutters with debris sticking out can detract from the curb appeal of your home. They can make your home look unkempt and poorly maintained, which can affect its resale value.

Overall, clogged gutters can lead to a variety of costly and potentially hazardous issues for your home. Regular gutter maintenance, including cleaning and installing gutter guards, can help prevent these problems and protect your investment in your home.

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