If you let an excessive amount of debris build up in your gutters, severe issues can ensue on both the interior and exterior of your home because of water leakage through your roof.
Standing water resulting from clogged gutters can cause your roofing to age prematurely. Also, clogged gutters can cause leaks to develop on the interior of a home that could create water damage hazards.
The following are four indications to look out for and address to ensure that you stay up on gutter cleaning and maintenance to keep your roof in good shape:
You notice that there are plants growing up out of your gutters.
If enough debris accumulates in your gutters, vegetation can begin to grow up out of them. If this occurs, your gutters will inevitably become blocked and could overflow or cause leaks when it rains.
If vegetation has started to grow in your gutters, it can even cause damage to the structure of your gutters as the roots extend downwards. It's important to pull up any growing vegetation when you have your gutters cleaned to prevent damage.
When it rains, you notice that the majority of the water doesn't come out of your downspouts but rather drips down off your gutters.
You can tell that your gutters are clogged without even climbing a ladder to look if you pay attention when it rains.
If water overflows out of the sides of your gutters and doesn't seem to be making it to your downspouts, it's clear that your gutters are clogged and need to be cleaned.
You notice that a large number of birds and other animals is congregating around your roof edges.
Wildlife around your roof edges is usually a clear indication of clogged gutters. Wildlife can build nests in your gutters that will clog them. This wildlife will be likely to damage your roofing by extending nests into your roofing materials and surfaces and also picking or burrowing into your roofing.
A significant amount of time has passed since the last time you've had your gutters cleaned.
It's a good idea to clean out gutters at least once a year. However, you may need to clean out your gutters even more often to prevent clogs and the resulting damage to your roof.
Keep track of how often your gutters are cleaned. Also, you want to strategically schedule cleanings so that they address gutter issues at times of the year when gutter clogs are most likely to occur like in the fall when the leaves fall down onto your roof and into your gutters.