Cleaning and maintaining a gutter system is tedious work. It can be risky, too. Many homeowners believe it is an unnecessary expense. But the truth is, clogged gutters are dangerous, as they can cause substantial damage to your home if you neglect them for too long.
Century Roofing and Siding gives you a closer look at what these dangers are, and how you can protect your home against them.
Damage to the Foundation
Gutters are designed to prevent rainwater from pooling near the foundation of your home. Houses require consistent levels of moisture in the soil where the foundation is set. Too dry and the clay will become hard and brittle, creating pockets of air. If the soil in this area becomes too wet from pooling rainwater, the soil becomes too soft and may cause the house to settle. In the event of water intrusion, the concrete slabs could also absorb the rainwater and become brittle. You might not notice the symptoms until it’s too late. Not only does this kind of damage lead to foundation repair that’s expensive and disruptive to your everyday life, but it may even cause your home to lose its structural integrity.
Ice dams happen in the winter, when the roof temperature goes above freezing and melts the ice on the roof. The water then refreezes at the roof’s edge, later forming a dam. While ice dams are primarily caused by attic insulation issues, a clogged gutter can accelerate their formation and allow water intrusion through the roof’s edge. In addition to having your attic insulation inspected and repaired before the onset of winter, a complete eavestrough cleaning conducted by professionals can further reduce the risks.
In addition to the aforementioned problems, clogged and overflowing gutters can cause water stains on your home’s siding, damage the surrounding landscaping and destroy the gutters with the added weight of debris and trapped water.
Regular cleaning, maintenance and repairs can help prevent most of these problems. Investing in a gutter system that includes gutter covers, such as the T-Rex® Rain Gutter System, even makes gutter maintenance easier, thanks to its low maintenance requirements and lifetime warranty.
To learn more about our roofing, siding and gutter services, call Century Roofing and Siding today at (613) 738-1774. You can also use our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We are located in Ottawa, ON and serve Ontario homeowners.