Gutters serve two main purposes: to make sure water does not gather on your roof and to make sure water is diverted away from your home. Disregarding the importance of gutters and gutter maintenance can lead to serious and costly damages. See what type of home issues arise when you neglect your gutter system:
Foundation Damage: When water accumulates at the base of your home, it can cause foundation and structural damage that can be serious. As water runs against your foundation for long periods of time, cracks will begin to form and, more seriously, your foundation may begin to crumble. Additionally, your basement will begin to flood as cracks allow water to seep into your home. Foundation issues are not only serious, but costly, as homeowners most likely have to pay thousands of dollars in damage.
Roof Repairs: When gutters are clogged with debris, water has nowhere to go, and it will begin to accumulate on your roof. When neglected long enough, water accumulation can contribute to surface decay and fungi. Traces of algae can weaken the shingles of your roof, causing leaks that range from minor to serious. You may be able to remove algae with an afternoon of low-pressure washing, however, extensive buildup of fungi will most likely require a professional roofing team to clean it. Dismissing clogged gutters may lead to the purchase of a new roof, which can easily cost thousands of dollars.