Five Ways Damaged Gutters Can Damage Your Home

Posted on: 4 December 2020

Your gutters serve an important purpose in protecting your roof and home from damage. Understand how gutter issues cause damage so you can spot when a repair needs to be made.

1. Roof Leaks

When gutters aren't draining properly, water can backflow a few inches up the roof from where it hits the gutter. This backflow can seep beneath the shingles at the roof's edges, where it can leak into your attic. Blockages are most often caused by debris in a gutter or downspout but occasionally issues with the slope of the gutter can also cause drainage problems.

2. Ice Dams

Backflow from the gutter during cold weather poses another issue — ice dams. Ice dams form when the backflow freezes once it gets under the shingles. This creates a dam that traps more water behind the gutter system so that the frozen block beneath the shingle continues to grow. When it finally melts, all that water may leak right into your attic. Repairing the gutter to prevent backflow issues is the main way to prevent ice dams.

3. Eave Damage

Many homes have eaves that are made of wood. When gutters are leaking or are aligned improperly so water flows behind them, that water then flows over the wooden eaves. The water then wears off the paint on the wood and increases the chances for rot and water damage. The only way to prevent the rot is to have the eaves repainted so they have a waterproof seal, and then repair the gutters so that they don't leak down the eaves anymore.

4. Mildew and Mold

Water leaking from or behind guttering can also get behind the siding on your home. If you have wood siding, rot can be an issue just as it is with wooden eaves. Another major issue is mildew and mold. Moisture trapped behind the siding can't easily evaporate. Instead, the excess moisture creates the perfect conditions for mold growth, and spores can leak inside your home and cause respiratory distress.

5. Foundation Issues

One of the primary purposes of a good roof gutter system is to route water safely away from your foundation. When gutters leak or overflow, or downspouts are placed too closely to the foundation, water can pool against the foundation. The pressure from this collected water increases the chances of the development of a foundation crack or leak.

For more information about gutter repair, contact a local service.

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The Importance Of Roof Repair

One day last month while it was raining outside, my wife and I noticed that water was dripping inside the house. We placed a bucket under the drip so the water wouldn't ruin the floor. The next day, I called a roofing company and a contractor came to the house and inspected our roof. The contractor discovered that several shingles were missing from our roof and that's what caused the leak. The day after the roof inspection, the roofers came to our home and replaced the missing shingles. That night it rained again and my wife and I were glad that the roof leak was fixed. My name is Timothy Warren and I'm writing this blog to inform others about roof leaks and the importance of roof repair. I hope that by reading this blog, you can avoid costly damage to your home because of a leaky roof.

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