Cleaning your gutters probably isn’t at the top of your to do list, but it should be. It’s not something you should skip doing. If you do, you’ll regret it. Your gutters are there to wick water off your roof and away from your home. There are a lot of things that can happen if you don’t get the gunk, leaves and debris out of your gutters.
So what can happen?
Leaves, debris and gunk build up in your gutters as time passes. If that build up causes a blockage water doesn’t flow easily into the downspouts, but instead backs up onto eaves, the roof, and other parts of your house. Water in places other than gutters and downspouts moving it away is a really bad thing.
Bent gutters and broken brackets
The least of the bad news is that the gunk and excess water become very heavy. That weight can at the very least bend gutters and break brackets, making the exterior of your home look bad. At worst, the weight can pull the gutters right off your home. That is an expensive fix.
Water that gets backed up into your home ends up in walls and ceilings. That water damage can lead to issues with mold and mildew. That alone can mean huge health problems for you or your family. Fixing the leak issues can be expensive as well. Wood can rot, needing replacement, so can drywall. The expense of fixing it can be thousands of dollars.
If water isn’t sent away from your home, it can lead to damage to basements/crawl spaces and foundations. While freezing isn’t usually a problem in Florida (freezing water can cause or expand foundation cracking), excess water against the foundation can weaken the footings and lead to cracks or worse.
Those eaves that are basically being flooded can also rot the underlying wood. Not only that, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia board, roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. Can you say roof replacement and tens of thousands of dollars?
Moisture also attracts animals and insects that just love eating rotting wood
If water pools it also attracts mosquitos which love to breed in standing water. Mosquitos bring disease and wood eating critters will cost you thousands in repairs.
These are all very fixable problems if you are keeping on top of your home maintenance tasks! If you need a hand with this, give us a call today! (727) 599-9252