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Gutter Maintenance: Dangers of Clogged Gutters

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When you think about your gutters, do you consider how important they are to the integrity of your home? We can tell you clogged gutters can cost you thousands in damages. Here are a few dangers that can happen when you don’t keep up with gutter maintenance each season.

Roof Damage

Your roof needs gutters to prevent any damage from occurring. When rainwater and melted snow aren’t diverted, it begins to pool, causing leaks in the home’s fascia, roof, and frame.  If the leak isn’t treated immediately, root rot, mildew, and mold will begin to form in the home’s structure. This is also detrimental to your family’s health and can lead to thousands of dollars in property repairs and doctor visits.

Foundation Damage

Clear gutters channel water and debris away from the foundation to protect your home. When you have clogged gutters, it can lead to your basement flooding, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs. Chronic basement flooding and water in the foundation can cause cracks that will shift the house’s structure, making it unsafe for you and your family to live in.

Driveway Cracks

Poor drainage can lead to significant damage to your surrounding property. Water will pool in your driveway and seep into the asphalt over time, which can lead to cracks and shifting. In comparison, it’s far more expensive to repair your driveway than it is to unclog your gutters.

Personal Injury

If you have clogged gutters, it is not advised to unclog them on your own. Attempting to clear the gutter could result in injuries on the ladder, or you could wind up putting your hands in a wasp’s nest. Instead, hire a professional who can help you remove all the extra debris and any nests there.

Landscape Erosion

When water drains where it shouldn’t, it can wash away mulch and kill any plant life you have. Landscape erosion can cost money to fix, not to mention it can damage your home’s curb appeal.

If your gutters begin to overflow or if you haven’t had them cleaned in a long time, we can help fix your gutters. At Garlock French, we have roofing solutions for everyone’s needs. Contact us today by calling 612-230-8351 or emailing us for more information.