Will a blocked gutter damage my home?
When it comes to guttering, many homeowners share the same dangerous view of ‘out of sight, out of mind’. However, when it comes to your guttering systems, prevention really is the key to success and if you wish to keep your home looking great and remaining strong, keeping an eye on your guttering is the first step.
How can a blocked gutter damage my home?
The roof of your home serves as an umbrella. It protects the living spaces from getting wet. Like an umbrella the water running down will just come straight off and land on your feet. For us humans that is not an issue, but for our homes it becomes a big problem! Standing puddles of water can cause localised flooding and even damage to your foundations. Bring on the gutters! Gutters are used to take the water from the roof and channel it away from your home either to a soak away or water drain.
What happens then if your gutters get blocked and you leave it?
Water damage and damp
Water will always find a way and as responsible homeowners it is up to us to control the way it goes. Blocked guttering will cause rainwater to travel elsewhere when it runs off your roof. It will generally back up and lap over the gutter and fall on to the exterior walls.
Whilst your home may be durable, your walls are extremely susceptible to damp and once it’s in, it can be costly to get rid of. If you have weak pointing or plants growing on your walls the rate of damp maybe increased.
Fascias and gutters work like a flexed arm. The bicep is your fascia and the forearm is the gutter. As water begins to fall and fills up the gutter, the fascia and gutter work to hold the weight. If the gutter is full and the weight of the water increases, then like your arm it will get tired and begin to sag. This effect will not be immediate, but if it keeps happening the problem will get worse and eventually cause a failure. If the fascias fails, then water can get behind and begin to increase damp in the roof space. Wooden fascias will also become damaged and potentially rotten in this case, causing a need for replacement.
Whilst your guttering system is designed to carry rainwater, it is not intended to carry the weight of water as it sits in a blockage for long periods of time. If a blocked gutter is left to carry excess rainwater, it is likely that it will weaken and break.
How can I prevent gutter blockages?
If you’re concerned that your guttering systems might be blocked and need a gutter repair or replacement service, or you’d like to prevent gutter blockages with our gutter vacuum and cleaning service, contact our team today!