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Your gutters prevent rainwater from pooling around your home’s foundation and flooding into your basement. They also protect your roof, siding, windows and other parts of your home’s exterior from water damage. The best gutter systems are well maintained and don’t have clogs. If your gutters are clogging, water will overflow to the sides of your house, causing various issues that can lead to costly repairs.  

Keep reading to find out what usually causes gutters to clog and tips on how to avoid them. 

Bird’s Nests

Small animals like birds might be tempted to nest in clogged gutters. Sometimes, homeowners even discover squirrels living in their gutters. To keep these creatures away from your home, always prioritize regular gutter cleaning, especially in the fall when leaves tend to pile up in them. It may also help to invest in an efficient gutter protection system. 

Leaves, Branches and Other Debris From Trees

The most common cause of gutter clogging is debris from trees, such as leaves, branches, and seeds. This problem is even more common during fall when trees are shedding foliage. The best way to keep debris from clogging your gutters is to have trees surrounding your home regularly trimmed. Also, with gutter guards, these materials won’t be able to enter and clog your gutter system. 


In some cases, seeds only require a little moisture to start growing roots. Decaying leaves, branches, and other organic materials clogging your gutters can create the ideal growing conditions for these seeds. To minimize debris and moisture in your gutters, make sure your gutters are sloped properly for effective drainage. 

Protect your gutters from clogs by investing in a high-quality gutter protection system. You can count on Gutter Helmet® of Cookeville for the best gutter systems and gutter guards. Call us at (866) 985-9982 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate. We serve clients in Cookeville, TN, and surrounding areas.

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