Gutters are one of the most overlooked systems in a home. They work day and night in preventing moisture-related damage by effectively diverting rainwater away from your roof and your home’s support structures. However, it’s common for gutters to become clogged because homeowners tend to forget about them until leaks or issues start appearing.
To prevent these kinds of problems, it’s important to know what issues to look out for. In this post, Patriot Roofing LLC shares the common culprits behind gutter clogging.
Leaves are by far the most common objects you’ll find clogging up your gutter, especially during fall. A few leaves won’t instantly clog your gutters and downspouts, but when rainwater washes them down, they tend to bunch up together and clump, creating a mass that can easily obstruct waterflow. The best way to prevent this is to regularly prune trees around your home. You should also inspect and clean your gutters routinely. Gutter guards are also ideal for preventing leaves from getting into the gutters.
While it sounds strange for weeds to grow in your gutters and downspouts, it’s possible. All it takes is just one seed to get in there and grow by consuming nutrients from decaying leaves and branches in the gutters and downspouts. When this happens, weeds take root and anchor themselves, making them hard to remove. The best solution for weeds is prevention — clean your gutters regularly and install gutter guards.
Muck and Sludge
When organic materials decay inside your gutters and downspouts, they create a slimy, foul-smelling, black sludge that sticks to the insides of your gutter system and is very hard to remove. This material is also rich in nutrients, so weeds can easily feed off it and grow. Prevention is key as always, so don’t forget to regularly schedule gutter inspection and cleaning.