When is the last time you cleaned your gutters?
Gutters should actually be cleaned AT LEAST once a year, definitely twice if you have a lot of tree coverage over your gutters. If you did not clean your gutters last fall, this winter could have had some damaging effects on your gutter system and the fascia boards underneath. Winter puts a lot of strain on your gutters, whether it be debris such as leaves, branches, etc that are blown in by winter storms, or even snow and ice.
Damage by Weight
Gutters are only built to handle so much weight. Debris landing in your gutter can add quite a bit of weight, in and of itself, but add any snow, ice or water, and the weight could become unbearable for your gutter system. When you allow your gutters to get clogged, the likelihood of an ice dam forming in your gutter is much higher. The weight alone from an ice dam could cause serious damage to your gutters. The strain could cause your gutters to begin to separate from the fascia on the sides of your home and could damage your fascia boards. In more serious cases, your gutter could even fall or break, leaving your homes foundation and the draining system vulnerable.
Lack of Water Diversion
Ice dams can cause damage besides just weighing down your gutter systems. It could pack down through the trough, leaving limited space for water to run through and out of your gutters. This could cause your downspouts to be blocked, leaving the water to back up and overflow. Another reason for lack of water diversion could be that your gutter system is misaligned. An improperly sloped gutter could cause water to be diverted to the base of your home. This can cause pools of water that could impact your home’s driveway, foundation or landscaping.
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