Your gutters play an important role in protecting your home from the elements. When they are damaged or clogged, the resulting water buildup can affect structural elements like your roof, foundation, and siding. A-1 Affordable Seamless Gutters in North Branford, CT, specializes in new installations and repairs, including gutter shield applications to prevent these problems. Here, the team explains four common causes of clogs and damage that can happen when you don’t have shields in place.
Ice dams occur when frozen water on the roof starts to melt, then freezes before falling off the edge. They can become so dense that they deform your gutters or pull them away from the house. Ice dams can also be dangerous as they often result in large, sharp icicles.
Wind and birds carry plant seeds that drop into your gutters. Over time, they may grow into weeds that detract from your home’s curb appeal and cause clogs that impede water flow. Excess plant matter can also attract unwanted insects and wildlife.
Leaves are the most common cause of clogs, especially during autumn when they fall and collect in the gutters. Other tree debris like pine needles, oak tassels, and maple spinners can also accumulate and clog your drainage. Installing a leaf guard system is the best way to prevent this from happening.
Pests like birds, rodents, and insects can make their homes in clogged gutters. The buildup of twigs and leaves is appealing to rodents and birds looking for a safe space to nest, while carpenter ants and termites are attracted by the damp, decaying wood. Some of these pests can do substantial damage to your home, chewing through wood framing and electrical wiring, or using your drainage system as a passageway into the house. Investing in a leaf guard system and regularly cleaning your gutters helps prevent an infestation.
Routine maintenance, gutter screens, and gutter heaters are the keys to preventing clogs and damage. To learn more about what you can do to improve your home’s drainage, call A-1 Affordable Seamless Gutters at (203) 484-0042. Visit their website for more information about their leaf guards and other gutter-related products and services.