A clean gutter system controls the flow of rainwater off a roof, through a channel and down a downspout directed away from the exterior of the home and its foundation.
If rainwater doesn’t flow as directed because a home’s gutters are clogged or broken, it will remain in the gutter system until it overflows onto and off of the roof.our paragraph here.
DAMAGE TO ROOFING
The rainwater should flow from the bottom of the roof, into the gutters and down the channel. If the gutter is clogged and rainwater begins to pool inside of it, the rainwater will also start to collect on the bottom of the roof. This will damage roof shingles and can lead to cracks forming. The cracks in the roof can lead to leaks in the home’s ceiling which could lead to leaks in the interior. To repair a damaged roof or rotted ceiling or floor is a very expensive project.
The rainwater that can destroy or flood a basement can also destroy the actual foundation of a home. A home with an unstable foundation is not safe to live in. You will also find that to repair a home’s foundation is a measurable expense and a necessity for any hope of selling a home in the future. Home’s with unstable foundations will not pass an inspection.
Rodents and insects love sitting water. If rainwater remains in a gutter for too long, the gutter will soon become home to rats, mosquitos, termites and other pests near your home. The problem will worsen if the pests find a way into your home through the gutter system. Proper gutter cleaning will eliminate the potential for a rodent or insect outbreak to occur.
The appearance of your home might not be the most important reason for cleaning gutters, but it is the most obvious. Debris that builds up in the gutters can often be seen from the front of a home, especially debris that collects on the ground. The overflowing rainwater will also stain the siding of a home and deteriorate the appearance of roofing shingles. In the end, a home with unclean gutters will appear worn down on the exterior.
Another obvious problem that occurs from debris and overflowing rainwater is damage to the gutters themselves. Organic debris and materials will corrode the aluminum most gutters are made of. Broken gutters can lead to the same type of home damage as unclean gutters and will need to be replaced sooner than well maintained systems.our paragraph here.