Having clogged gutters opens up a can of worms that can lead to serious damage over time. Knowing that you have clogged gutters can prevent a whole host of issues. Prevention is key and making sure that those gutters are fully functioning should always be the goal and the result. Gutters can be clogged in multiple ways.
1). Not cleaning your gutters regularly
Not cleaning your gutters regularly is the number one cause for a clogged gutter. Gutters should at least be cleaned once a year, but depending on where your property is situated. It can even total up to 2 or even 3 times. Fall should be the sign that it is time for a regular cleanup. Leaves, dirt, pebbles, twigs, and everything in between can get stuck up there. Over time, it will build up and harden to the point that rainwater can overflow!
2). Seeing water leak between the fascia
The fascia refers to the front end of where the gutter is mounted on. When the gutter is clogged, water will drop between the drip edge and onto the ground. It will be most noticeable when you stand a few meters away from the gutters. Puddles can also form directly beneath, which might indicate that the gutter is also not tightly mounted to the fascia!
3). Cracks around the house
When the gutter is clogged, rainwater cannot escape normally through the gutter and into the downspout. Instead, it will find its way on the foundation of the property then be absorbed by the soil. When the soil dries, it leads to cracks in the foundation and can even show alongside the walls. This is one sign of an advanced progression. You might need to call in a specialist as this is beyond just a clogged gutter.
4). Black mold on the wall
Seeing black mold on your walls or ceiling can take anyone by surprise and one might not even think of clogged gutters as the place where it all started. When gutters are clogged up it has no way to go anywhere else than outside the gutter. It can damage the fascia extensively to the point that it rots. Water can find itself through the cracks of the foundation and onto the walls. Moisture is one of the worst things that can happen to a house. The only way to avoid this is, simply, to keep up a seasonal gutter cleaning schedule!
Gutters can be easily ignored but are something that you just cannot ignore or put off, otherwise, you will find yourself in a situation where you have to fork up thousands of dollars in repairs.
All of this can be avoided if you hire gutter cleaning specialists from Gutter Cleaning Toronto. We have been in the business for more than 10 years so you know what quality you can expect when you call us! Not only do we clean your gutters manually, but also install and mount gutter guards to keep your gutters healthy and functioning at optimal levels! Contact our customer support specialists to book your next appointment!