Louisville Homebuilding tip: How Clogged Gutters Hurt Your Home

Clogged and overflowing gutters are not only unsightly, they can also cause huge amounts of damage to your home. When it is raining, it is worth taking the time to make a visual inspection of your guttering and downspouts to see if any have developed leaks, or whether any of the gutters or downspouts are clogged and overflowing. If you discover any of these problems, it should become a priority to get them repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

The gutters and downspouts are connected to a drainage system that has been designed to protect the home from damage caused by rainfall. Apart from the waterfalls during heavy rain and the stains that appear on the external walls and surfaces caused by standing water, there are other issues that are not so blatantly obvious. If gutters and downspouts are clogged, overflowing water will pour down the outside walls and instead of being carried away from your house by the drainage system, which could damage the foundation of your home. Over time the foundation could be weakened and its integrity damaged. Clogged gutters can also cause water to flow into the roof space and seep through, causing extensive damage to ceilings. Water can also seep through to the internal walls and mean costly repairs.

High water content in walls provides an ideal breeding ground for mildew or mold. And when your gutters are manufactured from metal, rust can also be washed down the walls causing orange stains. If you have clogged gutters, it is in your best interest to have the gutters cleared as quickly as possible.

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