Blocked gutters can be more than just your typical nuisance. They can cause problems that can damage or even ruin your home’s structural integrity. It’s important to keep your gutters clean as winter starts to give way to spring. Here is a look at some of the problems caused by a blocked gutter system.
Problems with Your Foundation
One of the most common problems caused by blocked gutters is water damage in your home’s foundation. That’s part of why ensuring you have the proper amounts of foundation waterproofing is so essential. Your foundation is made of concrete, one of the stablest materials ever used in human history.
However, water is the enemy of concrete, because too much moisture can cause cracks to start forming in the foundation. Since it’s close to the ground or even underground, you might not be able to see it until it’s already too late. Cleaning up your gutters will help make sure that this isn’t an issue, especially since spring is coming and it is a time of year where you can expect plenty of rain.
Problems with Mold Growth
Excessive moisture caught in a blocked gutter can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew. One surefire way to keep your gutters clean is to get rid of any signs of mold, moss, or mildew before they have a chance to grow into an infestation which can be difficult, disgusting, and time-consuming to deal with, even when you call on professional help to remove it. These stains will drag down your curb appeal and could cause neighbors to complain about the appearance of your home’s exterior, so it is critical to stop it before it grows out of control.
Problems with Gutter Damage
Lastly, you will have to contend with physical damage to your gutters. Normally, water can pass through the gutters and into the downspouts, leading the water away from your home. But when gutters are blocked or clogged, then that will affect how efficient they are. Eventually, the gutters will grow too heavy to stay in position. This means that they will break free and fall off, no longer able to help protect your home from water damage. Cleaning out the gutters and installing gutter guards are two solutions to consider trying out if you are unhappy with your current gutters. If all else fails, then it might be time to make wholesale changes and replace your gutters with new ones instead.
Contact Topper Construction Today!
If you’re interested in having gutters, a roof system, siding, or water drainage system installed in your new home, or would like a free estimate, contact Topper Construction. With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. Contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more. We can help you with projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.