Top 5 Problems Caused by Blocked Gutters

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Top 5 Problems Caused by Blocked Gutters

Save time, trouble and money by getting your gutters and downspipes cleaned today!

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You may think that clogged gutters are not that important to deal with. What will you think that when you have water damage or flooding that could have been avoided if your gutters had been working properly?

Here’s Grime Reapers Cleaning top 5 problems that can occur, when Gutter cleaning is avoided

1. Roof Damage

If water backs up in your gutters, the edge of your roof surface and the underlying materials can be damaged by the constant contact with water. This causes the surface material to rot and become weak. Eventually the surface and the wood underneath will have to be replaced. At which point a roof repair company will be required, at additional costs

2. Fascia Damage

Water backed up in gutters is heavy (8 pounds per gallon) which can cause the gutter brackets to break away from the fascia it is attached to, damaging the fascia board. Water spilling over the edges of gutters and onto the wood fascia boards underneath will also cause the wood to rot and weaken as well.

3. Damage to Walls, Windows, Doors and Patios

Water that spills over the gutter edges falls onto walls, window frames, doors and whatever surface is below. These features of your home are not designed to have this much water contact. They count on your gutters and downspipes to do their job and direct the rain water straight into the drains. Eventually this extra water contact will cause these features of your home to rot, warp and weaken.  Furthermore We have seen cases where the damage to the brickwork was so bad that the it needed racking out and repointing.

4. Damage to Foundations

Your foundation supports the entire structure of your home. Excess water contact here can cause your foundation to leak, shift, crack or even sink. Clean gutters and downspouts carry water away from your home and foundation, to points where it can be easily absorbed into the ground or drainage system. Too much water directed in one spot can be a bad thing!

5. Slip and Fall

Again, with clogged gutters, water is falling in places you don’t expect it too. This can lead to slippery surfaces where water is falling from the Blocked gutter above onto a walkway, decking or driveway. Keeping gutters and downspipes  clear keeps the water moving away from your home and walkways and helps keep your home as ‘slip-free’ as possible.

so remember gutter cleaning is important.