The summer months in North Carolina experience a lot of rain. Excessive rainfall is typically categorized as a minor irritant, but it can potentially be a huge problem for homeowners.
Water damage can occur on any major surface of your home. But what about the small spaces no one thinks about, like the gutters? When’s the last time your home had an extensive gutter cleaning? Why is this task so crucial for your home?
Water can be extremely hazardous, and clogged gutters can lead to problems at every level of your home.
1. Roofing – Gutters and roofs are made to work together. Generally, water falls from the roof down into the gutters. Improperly functioning gutters can lead to mass amounts of water staying on your roof. Excessive damage can result in mold, mildew, and structural damage. If this issue occurs, you may see damage to not only your shingles, but also the exterior of your home (like your siding) and the interior of your home (such as walls and floors).
2. Foundation – Even though your foundation rests under your home, it is still affected by your gutters. Clogged or malfunctioning gutters can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutters and find its way to your foundation. If this happens, you can experience cracks, swelling, or even shifting, which will heavily impact your home.
3. Pest and Plant Control – Nature will thrive without human interference. Keep this in mind when you consider cleaning your gutters. When gutters are not cleaned regularly, plants, birds, and other pests can make your gutters their home. Left untreated, your gutters can become heavy, which can lead to cracks and breakage of your gutters themselves.