Carrying out essential repairs and cleaning out gutters in the Spring and Autumn might seem like a menial task, but failure to do so can cause major problems for a home. From foundation damage to roof leaks, clogged gutters can lead to expensive repairs when left untreated.
Ways clogged and damaged gutters can damage a home
The main role of a gutter system is to channel water off the roof and away from the home’s foundation, floor voids and cellars. A blockage or damage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation or pour into voids and cellar. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form in foundation and potentially result in subsidence. But even if the foundation doesn’t fail, the water can still cause mould growth in voids and cellars. If these areas have poor ventilation dry rot will be a strong possibility.
The fascia boards that hold the gutter system are often made of wood. When gutters are clogged this causes water to overflow out of the gutter system and down the sides of the home. This leads to deterioration and rotting of facia boards, wood cladding and other external wooden fixtures like balconies.
When gutters clog and water spills over the side, it often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home.
Water Ingression into the property
Dams can form in gutters behind blockages. During heavy downpour or stormy weather, this water can flow over the top of the gutter into soffits and down into the property and wall voids. Water could also flow down the side of the property breaching the damp proofing and causing internal moisture damage.
Water pouring down the side of the property will fill cracks in brick, stone work and pointing. If there are freezing conditions, this water will expand into ice causing expansion of cracks and blowing pointing out. This will eventually lead to water ingression into the property.