WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE LEAKING OR CLOGGED GUTTERS
Leaky gutters is the biggest problem with gutters by far, and the most common cause of leaky gutters is a clogged gutter.
The problem starts with your gutters at the root. If they are clogged they will eventually overflow or worse, break in certain spots causing leaks. These leaks can be a problem if they are over windows or doors as the water might fall on top of you but worse, if the leak occurs where there is a fault in your foundation, the water will eventually seep into your home causing further damage to the structure and you’ll also have mold and mildew which is a serious health hazard.
This is why a clogged or leaky gutter might not “seem” like a big deal at first, but it can eventually develop into a big liability in the long run. In fact, preventing the water from damaging the foundation of your home and resulting in mold and mildew is the reason you have gutters in the first place. So it’s important to treat it at the first sign of damage.
Leaves, Branches and Debris
The easiest and most common culprit of clogged gutters are leaves and branches from overhanding trees and debris that has been blown onto your roof and has settled in your gutters. Other clogging elements from trees include pine needles, twigs, seeds, pinecones and more. As these items all sit in your gutters and as the rain collects, these
Here is what else can happen when materials get clogged in your gutters:
- Organic materials sit in stagnant water and eventually start to rot forming into sludge. Sludge is bad because it is much heavier then just wet leaves, it weighs down the gutters causing dents and cracks, and it corrodes the gutter material itself.
- If you live in an area prone to wildfires, having material clogging up your gutters is also a huge fire risk. Embers from neighbouring woods or from your own backyard fire pit can catch onto the debris in the gutters and eventually move its way onto your roof and escalate from there.
- Insects and small animals like rodents and birds love stagnant water. Mosquitoes will breed in standing water beds, including your gutters and birds will bathe in them. If either of these creatures have diseases, it will eventually trickle down with the leaky water.
What Can You Do?
If you notice your gutters aren’t draining properly you likely have a clogged gutter. First and foremost it’s important to have preventative measures in place. Clear your gutters of any and all debris on a regular basis. This will help prevent any such clogging issues. And if you don’t feel comfortable getting up on a ladder and doing the dirty work, there are great professionals throughout the Lower Mainland that can help you at a reasonable price.
You can also install gutter guards to protect your gutters and prevent clogging. Gutter guards don’t mean you can forget about cleaning your gutters altogether, you still have to do that, however the job will be a little bit easier for you.