When maintaining a home, many people often overlook their gutters.

Gutters, along with the roofing system, are an integral part of a home’s well-being. Besides offering the home a complete look, gutters channel and control the flow of rainwater, protecting the roof, walls and landscaping.

Dust and debris in rainwater and falling leaves from surrounding trees make gutters susceptible to clogging. The rainwater should flow from the bottom of the roof, into the gutters and down the channel. If the gutter is clogged and rainwater begins to pool inside of it, the rainwater will also start to collect on the bottom of the roof.

This will damage roof shingles and can lead to cracks forming. The cracks in the roof can lead to leaks in the home’s ceiling which could lead to leaks in the interior and cause harmful Damp. To repair a damaged roof or rotted ceiling or walls is very expensive

1. You Spot Birds or Pests By Your Roof

If you are noticing animals or pests scurrying around your gutters, this can be a big sign your gutters are clogged. Birds find gutters to be a convenient place to make a nest. We have seen it all when it comes to pests making their gutters a home. 

2. Water is Spilling Over the Sides

If you notice water spilling over the sides of your gutters like a waterfall, it’s a tell-tale sign you have clogged rain gutters. The obstruction can force water over the sides of your gutter, leading to expensive water related damages. 

3. Sagging Gutters

Your sagging gutters are a sign that your gutters are clogged. The weight of the debris and leaves can cause your gutters to bend in the middle and sag. Unfortunately, your gutters will be ineffective at carrying water away from your home and draining down your down pipes.

If enough debris remains in your gutters for long periods of time, the excess weight will begin to wear on the guttering itself. Your gutters may even pull away from your home, causing even more issues and homeowner headaches!

4. Staining on your Siding

Any signs of staining on the siding of your home can be a sign of standing water in your gutter system. Rain water that is stagnant could end up causing costly damage to the fascia boards behind the gutters and on the shingles of your roof.

5. Plant Growth

Have you ever looked up and noticed a garden in your gutters? This is an obvious sign of clogged gutters. Seeds can accumulate in your gutters and along with dirt and debris, a gutter garden can form! Plant growth is a glaring sign that your gutters need a cleaning. 

Foam gutter guards are notorious for encouraging plant growth in your gutters.

6. Can’t Remember the Last Time You Cleaned

If you can’t remember the last time you climbed the ladder to clean your gutters, it’s likely that you’re in need of a serious cleaning. Your gutter system should be cleaned each year depending on your surroundings to ensure your home is properly protected against expensive water related damages.

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