Find Out What Can Happen When Your Florida Gutters Are Not Cleaned

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If you have been putting off cleaning your gutters for the entire season, or even the whole year, you may be in for a rude awakening. Cleaning out your gutters may seem like an inconvenient chore that is really easy to procrastinate. However, if you keep putting it off, it may end up causing a lot more damage to your house than you could imagine. When debris fills your gutter, it can lead to hundreds or even thousands of dollars worth of damage to your home.

Today, we are going to be taking a look at what can happen to your house and your Florida gutters when you don’t clean them out.

Leaks in Your Roof

When your gutters are filled with sticks, leaves and other debris, it can spell trouble for your roof. If the whole thing is clogged with twigs and leaves, it will not be able to drain from your roof to the ground properly. Then, when it rains or snows, that will inevitably lead to the buildup of water in your gutters and on your roof.

Water building up on the roof can lead to leaks in your roof, as well as seepage coming down into your attic and inside of your house. During the winter, the water can freeze and cause damage to the roof and the interior of your home.

Leaks in Your Gutter

Getting a ton of debris in your gutter also spells disaster for the system itself. Your gutter’s primary job is to make sure that the water that falls on your roof is funneled to the ground below. If your gutter is crammed full of leaves and other junk, it’s not going to be able to do its job properly, which is also going to make your gutter more susceptible to getting damaged.

An overload of debris or moisture can cause cracks and leaks in your gutter. This can lead to the partial or total destruction of the system, including the parts of your home that are beneath it.

Leaks in your Basement

If your gutter cannot drain properly because it is filled with leaves and debris, it can cause significant problems for your basement and the lower levels of your home. When your gutters can’t drain correctly, water can spill over and start puddling up around the exterior of your home. If you have a big enough rainstorm or sufficient rainfall in a season, the runoff water that your gutter failed to filter can eventually seep into your basement.

Cracks in the Foundation

When water is absorbed into any part of your home, you are going to be at risk for damage. If you have rainfall during the colder months of the year and water makes it into your home, what is going to stop it from leaking from the basement down to the foundation? Once you have water down there, it’s only a matter of time before your foundation starts collapsing.

Not only can this process erode the materials supporting your home, during the winter months that water can freeze and crack the foundation, causing further destruction.

Insects

Anytime that you have a build up of water in your home, you are going to risk getting overrun by bugs. Bugs love water and warm places, which is why they are going to want to crawl straight into your home when they find a water leak and an opening. Insects that may make their way inside can include

  • Roaches
  • Mosquitoes
  • Termites
  • Ants

Once they are in your house, they are going to be difficult to remove effectively.

Rotting Wood

If your gutters are leaking and overflowing, they are not going to be able to divert water from coming into your home. If water starts running from your gutter through your ceiling and into your house, it is only going to be a matter of time before the wet wood in your home starts to rot.

Rot can lead to mold, which can be harmful to your health. Not only that, but it can destroy the wood in your home which can lead to further damage.

Killing Your Plants

Clogged gutters can easily overflow into the trees and plants that you have surrounding your property. Water is great for all of your plant life, but too much of it can drown them. If you don’t clean out your gutters, there is a good chance that they are going to overflow. This process is marked by sudden puddles of water around the plants. As a result, it can potentially drown them.

Destroying Your Walkways and Driveways

The overflowing of water from your clogged gutters can also spill onto your driveway and walkways surrounding your home. In the winter, that water can get down into the cracks of the concrete, where it can freeze and damage the surface. In extreme cases, it may widen the crack until it becomes massive.

Fortunately, all of this trouble can be prevented with a simple seasonal power washing.

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