Gutters: What Are They And Why Do You Need Them?

You may not realize it, but your rain gutters play an important part in protecting your home. Gutters, along with your downspout extension, are designed to remove rainwater away from the foundation of your home. In order to be effective, they must be clear and pitched properly. A properly installed and functioning gutter system is your home’s first line of defense against most water-related home damage. That is why maintaining your rain gutters is incredibly important and why taking preventative measures against gutter clogs should be high on any homeowner’s checklist.

The Most Common Types of Gutter Clogs:

If your rain gutters are left unprotected, there is no end to what can get in and cause your gutters to clog. The most common types of gutter clogs center around debris from surrounding trees and landscaping. Debris such as leaves, pine needles, seed pods, shingle grit, maple spinners, branches, twigs, pinecones, mud, moss, acorns and nuts are the most common culprits.

Unprotected gutters are also susceptible to many other types of clogs stemming from bird nests, honeycombs or other insect nests, mosquitos, termites, ants, squirrels, and yes, even snakes!

Pine Needles
Seed Pods
Shingle Grit

How Much Damage Can Clogged Gutters Cause?

Clogged gutters inhibit the proper flow of rainwater away from your home. When this happens, water that accumulates from rainstorms will begin to collect in your gutter system, in your downspout extension, and around your home’s foundation causing very costly damage.

clogged gutters can damage a home

The most prevalent damage caused by clogged gutters occurs around the gutters themselves. Soffit and fascia rot, mold, and roofing damage are often common among homes with clogged gutters. Other major areas of concern revolve around your home’s foundation and surrounding areas including the landscaping surrounding your home and even your driveway. If your home and basement are susceptible to flooding, your clogged gutters may be to blame!