How to Tell if Your Gutters Are Clogged
Water damage that comes from clogged gutters is actually a common yet unexpected maintenance issue that many homeowners have to face. The sad thing is that problems with the gutter aren’t really noticed until further damage has been done, or when it is already rainy season. Ideally, homeowners should have their gutters checked at least twice a year. Since not all homeowners are able to do this, it is important to be aware of the early signs of clogged gutters. Below are some signs that indicate clogged gutters:
If you notice your roof overflowing, such as water spilling from the sides of your gutter or when your roof is beginning to look like a waterfall, then your gutters might be clogged. The clogged part of your gutters pushes water over the sides and edges of your home, and this can cause you great damages. This can potentially damage the external and internal structure of your home.
Another indication of potentially clogged gutters is when you notice water leaking
indoors. Your siding won’t be able to handle gushes or torrents of water that is running down, so the rainwater that is flowing from your clogged gutter will just end up leaking into your home, or indoor spaces.
Water causes various problems, and some of the most common ones are the presence of rust and mildew. If you see that there is already rust and mildew specifically along the side or top of your home, this indicates that there might be a possible water problem. This water problem is usually due to clogged gutters. Accumulated mildew and rust will also further damage your gutters as well.
Clogged gutters will end up collecting water, and this will make your gutters heavier. When you have gutters that are clogged, water, debris, and dirt will make it heavy, causing them to be pushed down. When this happens, you may notice your gutters sagging or collapsing. This is one of the most evident signs that your gutters are clogged, and you’re better off calling a professional at once.
If you notice that there are already a lot of wild animals near your homes such as birds or possums, then your might have clogged gutters, This is especially true if you notice them near your roof as well. This means that your gutters are in danger of becoming nests and potential homes for wild animals and critters. Other animals may also be mice, squirrels, or even snakes. If you notice this happening to your home, especially near your gutters, then you might already have clogged ones that need to be checked by a professional.
If you’ve noticed plants growing on your gutters, then this is a clear sign that they are clogged. The moisture that comes from the buildup of water and debris acts as the soil for plants, which end up thriving.