Blog What Causes Your Gutters to Clog? October 12, 2022October 13, 2022Jeremy Kelseygutter When your gutters are clogged, they can cause extensive damage to your roof and potentially reduce the overall value of your home. Prevent this by knowing the things causing clogged gutters in the first place. We share a list of them here. Tree Debris One of the most common reasons behind clogged gutters is trees. The trees in your backyard shed their leaves all the time. And as the wind gusts, these leaves can find their way into your gutters and downspouts, creating clogs. Clogged gutters can also lead to overflows and severe water damage to your home’s foundation. Ice Dams Homes in areas with excessive snow in the winter are likely to experience clogged gutters. The placement of your gutters and the slope of your roof play a major role. If thawing snow slides onto your gutters and the temperature of the gutters changes, it may lead to ice dams in your roof. If clogs form due to ice dams, any additional snowfall may overflow the gutters and cause damage to your exterior walls and foundation. Faulty Gutters or Downspouts People often hastily attribute bad gutters to leaves and twigs even when it is not the case. The thing is, nature is not always the culprit behind blocked gutters. If your gutters are defective or installed incorrectly, your downspouts may trap debris that hampers the free flow of water through these tubes. This can cause backups in the gutters, forcing water to seep underneath the shingles, which results in more water damage as time goes on. Keep your gutters free of debris and damage by installing a gutter protection system. Gutter Helmet® can help you do just that. Give us a call at (800) 824-3772 or fill out this contact form to schedule an appointment.