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While gutters are an afterthought for many homeowners, they actually play a critical role in protecting your home from water damage. Without routine maintenance or a reliable gutter protection system, your gutters can become clogged and won’t function properly, putting your home in danger.

Gutter Clogs

It pays to know about the common items that can clog your gutters. Read on as ABC Seamless, your trusted rain gutter guard provider, discusses the four leading causes of gutter clogs:

1. Leaves

Leaves from trees near your roof are the most common cause of clogging, especially during the fall. Falling leaves will accumulate in your gutters, while rain can also drive twigs, pine needles, leaf stems and other plant debris down your roof and into your gutters.

2. Bird Nests

The edge of your gutters makes an appealing home for birds. Bird nests are usually made of grass, mud and feathers and can easily obstruct gutters and downspouts.

3. Toys 

Kids playing around your yard could throw balls and other small toys onto your roof by accident, and those toys can get stuck in your gutters. Apart from clogging, they can also cause the system to sag because of their added weight.

4. Muck and Sludge

Organic materials like leaves and guano can get trapped in your gutters, decomposing over time into a black, slimy, rotten substance. This creates a breeding ground for mold, mildew and bacterial growth, which is a health risk.

Not excited about the prospect of cleaning out your gutters regularly? Fortunately there’s an easier way to keep your gutters clog-free: Gutter Helmet®, a high-performance rain gutter guard. Its nose-forward design offers full cover over the gutter, so leaves, dirt and other refuse will simply slide to the edge and fall harmlessly to the ground. Meanwhile, water will stick to the cover’s textured surface as it enters your gutters. These features keep the system clear with no work on your part.

To learn more about the features and benefits of Gutter Helmet, call ABC Seamless today at (866) 405-8248. You can also request a free quote. We serve residents throughout Anchorage, AK.