The most serious risk of clogged gutters is damage to your home’s foundation, but there are other negative results – and not just to your home. If you are not cleaning your gutters regularly (approximately twice per year, or as needed) – and even if you are, but you’re sick of it – you may want to consider installing a gutter guard system like the GutterDome®.
Here are some bad results of clogged gutters, which most people might not consider…
- Dry debris can pose a fire hazard. During the summer months, rainy Seattle days are fewer and father between and temperatures average in the high 70s to low 80s. This means that gutter clutter is drying out, and poses a potential fire hazard if left sitting in your gutters throughout the summer.
- Damage to your driveway and landscaping. When your gutters are clogged and cause overflow or improper runoff of rainwater, the moisture can gather in pools on your driveway, rapidly erode the landscaping, and overwater the plants near your home. Driveway repair can be expensive and time consuming, and damage could be extensive enough to require complete replacement. Landscaping is costly to restore, and damage takes time and energy to fix while reducing your home’s value and curb appeal.
- Clogged gutters can become mosquito breeding grounds. Although we don’t really have risk of mosquito-borne viruses like malaria here in the Pacific Northwest, they can happen and mosquitos are definitely irritating during the warmer months. Clogged gutters are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitos to lay their eggs, since the larvae must live in waterfor 7-14 days depending on the water’s temperature.
- Gutter clutter attracts other pests. You might not mind a few mosquito bites very much, but clogged gutters are also attractive homes for more damaging pests. Some rodents and insects to be worried about if your gutters are clogged or dirty include roof rats, carpenter ants, dampwood termites, and moisture ants. These pesky critters cause exponentially more damage than a little bit of overflowing water.
Are you ready to avoid these risks and avoid ever cleaning your gutters again? Gutter Solutions NW is ready to help get you set up with the GutterDome® gutter guard system! Contact us for a free estimate.