Blog 10 Problems That Result From Not Cleaning Gutters April 6, 2018May 9, 2018Chelsea WelshGutter Cleaning, Gutters Your gutters are an important part of your roofing system. They benefit your home in many ways and when they’re not clean, your home can sustain damage from your roof to your foundation. Here are 10 problems that can result from clogged and dirty gutters. #1 – Flooded Basements When your gutters are clogged and overflow, water runs down the side of your home and eventually into your basement. One of the best ways to avoid a flooded basement is with an effective gutter system that includes aluminum gutter covers. #2 – Foundation Issues Whether you have a crawl space, slab or basement, overflowing gutters can damage your home’s foundation. If the sand, dirt or clay under your home gets too wet, your foundation may shift, causing cracks and buckling. Standing water can deteriorate piers in a home on a crawl space. #3 – Driveway Destruction Water under your driveway can cause the same issues as water under your foundation or in your crawlspace. Cracks, holes and shifting occur, which can cause damage to your vehicles and creates a tripping hazard. #4 – Destroyed Landscaping During a heavy rain, water overflows clogged gutters and runs over your landscaping. Not only can water wash away your mulch, it can severely damage flowers, shrubs and trees. #5 – Ice When gutters are clogged and temperatures drop below freezing, ice causes issues in several ways. Clogged gutters become heavy and can pull away from your home. If water has run over your gutters onto your deck, driveway or sidewalks, it can freeze and cause a slip hazard. #6 – Pests Standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitos and other pests. Rodents may find the water, and critters that eat mosquitos will be drawn to your home. #7 – Water Damage When water runs over your gutters and down the sides of your home, it will eventually find its way into your home. You may not notice the damage water is causing behind your siding, in your window frames or under your flooring until significant harm is done. #8 – Damaged Soffits & Fascia The weight of standing water in your gutters, combined with the weight of the debris clogging your gutters, can damage your soffits and fascia. Cracks allow water into your home, which is another way your home can sustain water damage. #9 – Algae & Moss Algae and moss only grow in damp places. When your gutters contain debris and water, they become a great spot for algae and moss – which not only looks bad, but can cause damage to parts of your roofing system. #10 – Roof Damage There are many ways standing water can cause roof damage. First, the shingles that come in contact with water in your clogged gutters will deteriorate sooner than the rest of your roof. Once those shingles become saturated, the roof deck becomes damaged. If the damage goes undetected, your insulation gets wet and eventually water gets into your home. You end up with water damage in your ceilings and walls. Cleaning gutters with gutter guards is a task you can skip every spring and fall. When you contact a company like Gutter Helmet and ask about aluminum gutter covers for your home, you can prevent potential damage because you won’t have clogged gutters. Call (800) 824-3772 to find your local Gutter Helmet dealer. 1200x7201 (0x0) 2.88 MB About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.