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3 Reasons to Clean Your Home’s Clogged Gutters

by GERI WEISMAN 02/11/2019

Falling leaves are lovely in the fall but can fill your gutters quickly. Clogged gutters can pose a serious problem to your house. One reason for clogged gutters is a lack of maintenance after rains and over a long period. Regular maintenance of your gutter systems can prevent problems from accumulated debris. Clogged gutters can cause leakages that will lead to the growth of mold inside the house, cracked foundation, rotten wood, and other serious problems.

Roofing Damage

Clogged rain gutters can also cause rainwater to remain on your roof for a long time. This pooling water can rot the wood supports of the roof and walls. The rotting wood will then cause leakage of water into the house that will damage your property and lead to expensive roof repairs.

Growth of Mold

An un-maintained gutter system can cause mold to form inside and outside of your house. Moldy fungi can spread quickly especially inside your home and create a health hazard that requires special environmental cleanup services to remove them. This removal of mold can also be expensive. On the exterior, the leaking rainwater from clogged gutters can cause the siding to bow and become moldy. Mold or bowing may require the replacement of a large portion of your home's siding which is an expensive and challenging process.

Cracked foundations

Gutters move water away from your house's foundation. When water cannot drain away from the house properly, it falls off the roof and begins to pool at the foundation of the house, which could cause expensive damage to your foundation. As any damage to a house's foundation is a critical issue that may require your home to get re-certified for building code violations. Also, water damage to your basement can cause you to lose properties that are expensive to replace.

Avoid all these problems with your home with proper and regular maintenance to your gutter systems. Most of the problems caused by leaking gutters are expensive and time-consuming to fix. It is therefore essential to clear up your gutters of all debris regularly to avoid all these issues. In a case where you notice that there are some issues with your building already, speak to a general contractor to help you carry out a comprehensive assessment and schedule repairs immediately.

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GERI WEISMAN

With real estate sales over 5 million each year (over 10 million in 2008, 2013 and 2014) Geri has received the Silver or Gold Pinnacle award nearly every year that she has been with the company. She has lived in Washington, DC, New York City and Los Angeles but has been in Jacksonville for 18 years. Personal interests include animal welfare and rights, genealogy, interior design and gardening. With a background in marketing and photography Geri can help you sell your current home for the very best price and help you find your next perfect home-sweet-home.