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Can Blocked Gutters Cause Water Damage?

If you've ever seen water spilling out from under your eaves or down the side of your house, you may have wondered what is to blame. In many cases, it could be your gutters.

Just how much damage can blocked gutters cause? Keep reading for more information on how gutters become blocked, what they can do to your home, and what you can do to prevent it.

What’s In My Gutters?

Your gutters are there to help guide water and debris away from your home. As water runs through them, so does debris like leaves, dirt, and sticks. This debris can easily clog your gutters and create a blockage that does not allow water to flow from your roof to the ground.

When this happens, the excess water needs somewhere to go. This is when it will begin overflowing out onto your roof and walls.

Damage Caused by Blocked Gutters

Weakened Foundation

When water pools around your foundation, it can cause erosion. This erosion leads to cracks and creates movement, weakening the structure and putting your home’s stability at risk.

Leaky Roof

Your roof is there to protect your home from the elements. However, when there is an excessive amount of water sitting on it, it can lead to severe damage. If left untreated, leaks will begin to develop, allowing water into your home.

Once in your home, this water can cause damage to your walls, floors, ceilings, and belongings. It could also cause mold and mildew growth.

Flooding

If not properly sealed, your basement or crawl space could be flooded by this increase in water. Like a leaky roof, a flooded basement can cause severe and costly damage to your home and its structure.

How to Prevent Water Damage

The best way to prevent this kind of water damage from happening is to take care of your gutters. Take the time at least twice a year to clean out all of the debris and clear blockages. You can also hire a professional to do so.

If your gutters are damaged or in need of replacement, give Honest Abe Roofing a call! As your trusted roofing company, we can take care of inspections, repairs, and replacements with reliable, exceptional service!