What happens if homeowners neglect cleaning their gutters? There are a plethora of factors that can damage the house, but the most common natural sources come from the constantly changing weather and the natural surrounding environment. Your home is susceptible to these external factors, but one of the most vulnerable parts of the house are the rain gutters.
Having a rain gutter system will properly direct rainwater away from the foundation of your home and is the best line of defense against water seeping in. Consequently, gutters that are neglected will eventually accumulate debris along with stagnant water. The additional weight can weigh in as much as 300 pounds or more if left to accumulate, which can cause the gutters to start pulling away from the roof and other attachments. The worst-case scenario here is they’ll fall over entirely.
Because rainwater can’t flow from the gutters to the downspouts, the stagnant water will instead try to find holes and cracks that it can try to seep into. Water will overflow into the home’s foundation and possibly flooding your basement. More severe damage will be caused once the winter months start. The clogged gutters will just freeze over and direct more water to go inside the house. What you would want to avoid is the cycle of water seeping into the cracks on the walls, leave them to solidify during winter, and liquefy again during warmer climates to let the water penetrate even further into the walls. This will soon destabilize the structural integrity of the walls and the foundation.
When spring and summer arrive, Clogged gutters can become an attractive home to carpenter ants, mosquitoes and even rodents. Leaves, twigs, and other debris that have been building up on clogged gutters will invite algae and molds. This could lead to more and more insects and animals to make a nest on the roof. If you notice that your suffering from a bad case of insect infestation then it might be because there’s a good breeding place on your gutters.
In the short term, putting off house maintenance to a future undefined date might be easy, but by then, it may be too late to salvage what you have, and you will spend more time and money on doing repairs. It’s always better to take on a proactive approach to roof gutter maintenance.