A clogged gutter might seem like a small problem, but many homeowners don’t realize just how serious it can be. Clogged gutters can damage your entire home, and you may not recognize this damage until it’s too late. When gutters are clogged by leaves, pine needles, and other bits of outside debris, they become clogged, and water can no longer be properly diverted away from your home during common showers or storms. The pooling water can lead to foundation issues, structural damage, mold growth, and worse issues if left unchecked.
Gutter guards exist to keep gutters clean, stopping debris from finding its way into your gutters and clogging up your gutter system. Without gutter guards, you may have no knowledge of the state of your gutters until you’re facing potentially thousands of dollars in property damage. With a professional gutter guard installation, homeowners can have peace of mind that their gutters are drawing in and drawing away water as intended.
Any home can benefit gutter guards, but a few signs that you may be in greater need of gutter guards are the following:
• You start seeing wildlife on the roof – Spotting a squirrel or a bird near your home can be a special sort of event, but you don’t want to see them congregating on your roof. When you see birds or other animals on your roof, it could be a sign that they’ve built a nest from the debris found in your gutter system.
• You’re experiencing a home waterfall – The next time it rains, take a look outside at how the water is falling from your home. If you have small drips, they could be coming from the roof or under the gutter, but what if you’re looking at your own private waterfall? Waterfall-like falling of water during a rainstorm or shower is a sure sign that your gutters are clogged.
• You notice sagging – Gutters should be lying straight across the roofing system of your home, not sagging or beginning to form a “U” shape. Sagging gutters are typically caused by the weight of debris and moisture, and it’s a sure sign that a clog is present.
• You see plant growth – Ideally, movement should be present in your gutters, which doesn’t allow the right environment for plants to grow. If you notice weeds or other plants growing in your gutters, a clog must be present to allow it.
Gutter guards help you protect your gutters from clogs that can wreak havoc on your system. With a gutter guard installation, you’re far less likely to spot the signs of clogged gutters as debris is kept from accumulating in your gutter system.