Clogged gutters are not only a nuisance to clean, but they also cause damage to your property by triggering roof leaks during heavy downpours. Gutters are typically designed to collect and channel rainwater through the gutter troughs and downspouts, and further away from your home’s foundation. When clogs happen, the water remains stagnant in the gutter system, settling against the roof.
Over time, stagnant water may lead to water damage as your roofing components begin to rot. When left unchecked, this damage can soon weaken the structural integrity of your roofing system and, eventually, allow water to seep into the interior of your home.
Ways Clogged Gutters Cause Roof Leaks
Clogged gutters and downspouts can trigger a host of problems in your home which will be more expensive to repair in the long run. If the damage is bad enough, you may need to replace your entire roof.
Cause the Fascia Board to Rot
The water flowing from clogged gutters can sit and seep into your roof’s wood fascia board. This ongoing wetness will eventually lead to rot, also affecting your window trims and doors which are repeatedly hit with excess and frequent moisture. Once the fascia board is rotten, water can begin to seam into your house from under the roofline.
Other Damages Caused by Clogged Gutters
Clogged gutters may also cause other damages to your home, including:
- Foundation Problems: When the rainwater cannot be properly drained away from your property, your home’s foundation can sustain damages as well. Since the foundation is the most important component in your entire house, compromising its integrity puts the whole house in danger.
- Yard And Landscape Damage: Clogged gutters may degrade all the hard work you’ve put into your grass, shrubs, and flower beds. You may also end up with puddles in your lawn which may require you to replant grass.
- Broken Gutters: Clogged gutters allow rainwater to buildup in the trough, adding excessive weight to the gutter system. Over time, this extra weight can cause gutters to break away from the roof.
- Insects: Leaves and other debris piled up in gutters can create a favorable breeding ground for insects and rodents which can gradually feast on your roofing components.
Working with a Professional Roofer!
Your gutters should be cleaned once or twice every year to keep them clean and clog-free. There are many professional gutter cleaning and maintenance services in Central Florida. If you suspect roof damage of any kind, contact us today to schedule an inspection and get a free estimate!