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Keeping Healthy Gutters Part 1: The Risks of Dirty Gutters

By June 21, 2016October 18th, 2023No Comments

It’s often overlooked, but your gutter system actually plays a key role in keeping your home dry and damage-free. It does this by channeling rainwater safely and smoothly away from your home’s foundations, where it can’t do extensive damage. Even well-maintained gutters, however, are prone to issues that keep them from doing their job.

Regular gutter cleaning can help deal with these problems. However, this project isn’t for everyone and some homeowners don’t make it a top priority. In the first installment of our two-part blog, Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore, your provider of many a quality gutter topper in Salisbury, Maryland, discusses the risks of not cleaning your gutter system.

1. Sagging and Collapse—Leaves and debris can easily settle inside your gutters and cause congestion. The combination of accumulated waste material and backed up water leads to the additional weight. This causes your gutters to sag or even pull away from your home, leading to its eventual collapse.

2. Flooding—Since congestion prevents your gutters from draining properly, backed up water spills over the top of the system and flows toward your basement or foundation. This increases the potential for basement flooding.

3. Cracked Foundation—Water seeping into your foundation allows cracks to form. Pooling water around or near the foundation can also weaken it. These can compromise the structural integrity of your home.

4. Mold growth—When water and moisture from clogged gutters get within your interior walls, they will encourage the growth of mold and mildew. These can leave your home vulnerable to rot and expose you to a variety of health risks.

5. Staining—When clogged gutters overflow, you can expect streaks and stains on your siding, lowering your home’s curb appeal.

Gutter cleaning can help alleviate these issues as long as you’re ready for the work involved. Gutter Helmet of Eastern Shore, however, has a better and lasting solution. With a gutter topper in Salisbury, Maryland, you can prevent the above issues from happening in the first place. Call us toll free today at (866) 333-8150 to learn more.

Stay tuned for the second installment of our two-part blog, where we discuss how Gutter Helmet gutter protection can deal with your gutter issues.