What problems can arise if gutters are not cleaned and maintained?
A professionally installed gutter and downspout system requires regular maintenance and cleaning. These works are usually carried out coinciding with the arrival of winter; as it is the time of year that our gutters will have to work the hardest.
If we neglect these tasks of cleaning and maintenance of the gutters and downspouts in our house, all kinds of problems and breakdowns can arise:
First of all, the most obvious problem is the deterioration or breakage of our gutters and downspouts. If we do not clean and maintain them properly, they can deteriorate little by little until they appear leaks and cracks derived from corrosion, oxidation or freezing of the water inside.
If the aforementioned problems are not solved, the water that the gutters must drain will end up falling down the facade of our house, seeping into the interior and causing the appearance of leaks and humidity in the walls of our house.
Derived from excessive humidity on the walls, mold stains can appear on them. Mold can be dangerous to health if we are continually exposed to its spores. A simple gutter cleaning job once a year can save you all of these problems, as well as save you the cost of an expensive repair.
Another serious problem that can arise derived from poor or no maintenance of the gutters and downspouts is the deterioration of the foundation of your house. Without gutters that properly conduct rainwater away from the base of your house; This water can seep around the foundation of the house and gradually deteriorate the concrete to make the structure dangerous. This is a really serious problem and difficult to solve; So we recommend that you trust a company specialized in gutters that is responsible for cleaning and maintaining your gutters at least once a year.
Finally, if the rainwater is not properly evacuated through the downspouts far from the house, you may face problems of waterlogging the ground; which can undoubtedly erode the soil in your garden and kill the lawn and many plants; since the roots need a humid soil but not flooded.
As we have already told you, a clogged gutter may not seem like a serious problem; However, if we do not provide a solution in time, we may face much bigger problems and repairs. It is common to think that it is difficult for gutters to clog; But this is not so.
With the passage of time, the water drags the dirt that is deposited on the roof into the gutters, sand, dust, dirt, leaves, these are the most common reasons for clogging the gutters. When the rain falls, mud forms at the bottom of the gutters that can clog the downspouts; if we combine it with the leaves of the trees accumulated in the gutters we can have a clogging of the system in a few weeks.
And this is not the only reason for clogging of the gutters; some less common but equally troublesome causes are bird nests, windblown plastic bags, or tennis balls and the like; It seems a lie but it is common to find objects like these in the gutters and obviously they easily clog the downspouts.
That is why we recommend that you trust professionals to clean your gutters and thus avoid problems with clogging of your gutters and downspouts; We assure you that you will be saving money with this preventive treatment. If your gutters are already clogged you can also count on our services; we move quickly to the place of the traffic jam and we solve it immediately.