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How Blocked Gutters Can Damage Your Home

Blocked gutters may seem like a minor issue, but ignoring them can lead to significant damage to your home. When gutters are clogged, water cannot flow properly, causing it to overflow and cause all sorts of damage to your home

Blocked Gutters Equals A Damp Home

Wet gunk sitting in your gutters will start to cause a series of events to your gutters and to your home.
The first thing that you will see is damp spots around your home.
Your gutters will overflow and the water will be going to places that are not designed to cope with this excess water.
You may notice water marks on your ceilings or cornice areas. This from water being forced back up into your roof line and this water will find a runoff point that can often be your roof cavity.
In addition, the weight of debris and water in clogged gutters can cause them to sag or even detach from your home. This damages the exterior of your house which will need to be repaired. Keeping your gutters clean ensures the structural integrity and longevity of your home.

Another point about blocked gutters, is it creates a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes and termites. Termites are the last thing you want roll out a welcome mat for them as they thrive in warm damp conditions with your homes timber frame or trims on hand. Damp timber in and around your home is like all you can eat buffet for them.
Regular maintenance of your gutters is crucial in preventing these potential hazards.

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The Impact of Blocked Gutters on Roof Integrity

Blocked gutters can compromise your roof’s integrity due to water damage and structural deterioration. When gutters are blocked, rainwater has no clear path to drain properly.
Water begins to pool and overflow.
Constant exposure to moisture results in water damage to the underlying materials. Ceiling staining and damp spots inside your home are common indicators.
Prolonged moisture and dampness can lead to mould growth, which poses additional health risks.

Structural Roof Damage

Non performing gutters, cause water to overflow and pool, which puts extra weight and stress on your roof and guttering system. The pooling water will also accelerate corrosion in your gutters or on your metal roof. Sitting or pooling water needs to be addressed.
This continual weight of the water will lead to the sagging of gutters, pulling them away from the roofline.
Over time, this pressure may weaken the structural components of the roof.

Pooling water can also damage roof tiles, leading to their deterioration. This creates further entry points for water, making structural damage more severe and extensive repair more likely.

How Clogged Gutters Affect Walls and Foundations

Blocked gutters can impact both external walls and the homes foundation. Rainwater mismanagement can lead to a range of issues that may compromise structural integrity.

External Wall Damage

Water spilling over clogged gutters can soak into your external walls. When brick or siding is consistently exposed to moisture, it can develop cracks, peel off paint, and encourage the growth of mould. This water can also filter into insulation, reducing its effectiveness and causing interior dampness.

Additionally, wooden sections of your home like fascias and soffits may rot away. This can weaken the structural components that hold your roof. Over time, even minor leakage can result in significant repair costs and reduce the value of your home.

Foundation Complications

Water pooling around your home’s base due to overflowing gutters can lead to foundation issues. Excess moisture in the soil can cause it to expand and contract, putting pressure on your foundation. This often results in cracks and shifts, leading to an unstable base for your house.

Landscape Erosion

With prolonged exposure, the soil erosion might undermine the foundation and severe cases, it can cause walls to bow and floors to crack. Preventing water accumulation around your foundation is crucial to maintaining your home’s structural health.
Your homes landscaping will also be affected

When water spills over the edges of clogged gutters, it creates pools around your home’s foundation. This water can erode soil and wash away mulch and plants.

Water runoff can form channels and gullies. Over time, this repeated water exposure can destabilise any hard landscaping, such as paths or driveways. You may notice cracks or shifts in these surfaces.

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Plants Growing in Your Gutters

With the right conditions, plants can thrive in the most unexpected places, so don’t be surprised if you find greenery growing in your gutters! Plant life in your gutters can cause serious issues, especially if it starts to accumulate and create clogs. To avoid this, it’s essential to keep up with proper maintenance and make sure your gutters are clear of any debris.
If you find plants growing, removing them quickly is essential. Otherwise, the roots could cause damage to your gutters. Also, check your downspouts for any obstructions, as this could cause water to back up in your gutters and create the perfect environment for plants to grow.

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Prevention and Maintenance Strategies

To prevent gutters from being blocked, you can install self cleaning gutters, gutter guards and regular upkeep of your gutters which includes cleaning and inspecting them

Regular Cleaning Schedule

Aim to inspect and clean your gutters at least twice a year, particularly in autumn and spring. During these inspections, also check for any signs of damage like rust, leaks, or loose fittings.

You might need to clean more often if your home is surrounded by trees, as falling leaves can quickly cause blockages. A simple routine can prevent serious water damage to your property. Using a small hand rake or a garden hose can make the task easier.

Self Cleaning Gutters

Yes – you heard right, there are some gutters that can be described as self cleaning.
They carry larger volumes of water which creates a stronger water flow through the gutters and this picks up and carries “stuff” sitting in the gutters. Installing leaf diverters in your downpipes will then stop the leaf litter being carried and trapped in the downpipes.
Please check out our guttering page and look at the Half Round Gutters.

ACE’s Half Round is a European style gutter with a semicircular design. With a 150mm diameter it has a greater water capacity and the speed of the water travel is greater than a conventional gutter allowing to clear debris and silt and be self cleaning.

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Installing Gutter Guards

Gutter guards act as a barrier to prevent debris from entering and clogging your gutter system. Selecting the right type for your home’s needs is crucial.

Mesh screens come in different sizes and are suitable for larger leaf types or finer mesh if you have smaller leaf litter from pines or sheoaks.
Proper installation ensures optimal performance and reduces the frequency of manual cleanings.

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Prevent Blocked Gutters with AWS Roofing!

Are you worried about leaves and debris accumulating in your gutters?
AWS roofing can help you with gutter replacements – Install self cleaning gutters and minimise future gutter clogs.
We can also install gutter guard to stop leaf litter landing in your gutters and building up.

Our expert team can assist you in preventing clogged gutters, so don’t wait for gutter problems to escalate!
Get in touch today on 0407 133 435

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