If you've got rain gutters, you owe it to yourself, and your home, to keep them clean and in good repair. Your rain gutters are your first line of defense against a great many problems that can plague homeowners. Unfortunately, when your gutters are filled with debris, the water will flow over the sides. When that happens, you could end up facing some serious problems. If you're not sure when you had your gutters serviced, now's the time to take care of that. If you're still not sure you need to worry about having your gutters serviced, here are three problems you could be facing if you don't.
Ice Dams and Roof Rot
If you live in an area that experiences torrential rains, and freezing temperatures, you need to keep your gutters clean. If you don't, you could be looking at ice dams and roof rot. First, the water overflows and seeps under the shingles. Second, the temperatures drop and cause the water to freeze. Third, the temperatures raise and cause the ice to melt. Finally, the constant freezing and thawing causes your roof to rot. You can prevent the ice dams and roof rot by keeping your gutters clean.
Mold and Mildew on Your Siding
When your gutters are dirty, the downspouts can get clogged. When that happens, the water has no where to go but over the sides of the gutters. The constant flow of water leaves causes a moisture problem for your siding. If your siding can't dry out properly, you'll begin to notice mold and mildew growing on it. Unfortunately, mold and mildew can ruin your siding and cause breathing problems for your family, especially if it spreads through to the interior walls of your home. Keep the mold and mildew away by having your gutters cleaned.
If you've got gardens planted around the perimeter of your home, your dirty gutters could lead to flooded gardens. That's because the water will overflow out of the gutters, and into your garden. Not only will the overflow of water cause problems for your garden, the flooding can also lead to foundation damage for your home. Water can seep into the small cracks in the concrete. Once the water freezes, it will cause those small cracks to spread. Prevent floods, and foundation damage, by having your gutters cleaned and repaired at least once a year.
Don't ignore your gutters. If it's been a while since you had them serviced, contact a roofing company like Hogan Roofing near you to take care of that as soon as possible.