Most people don’t think much about their gutters. As long as they keep doing their job, keep moving rain water from point A to point B, we’re happy. We don’t even give them a second think.
But perhaps that’s exactly what we should give them. A second think. And maybe even a third one.
Because our gutters can get blocked, and when that happens, that simple process of moving water from point A to point B gets interrupted, and now, the water might be pooling at point C, or overflowing the gutters and running down the walls to point D … and that can cause some issues. Some very expensive, time-consuming, issues.
Why Getting Water From Point A to Point B Is So Important?
Water is corrosive, just ask the Grand Canyon. Admittedly, that took millennia to form, but even over a much shorter time period, water can cause wood to rot and metal to rust. We know this from primary school.
If your gutters are blocked with dirt and debris, the water can’t go where it’s supposed to (the drains), and instead pools up, overflowing the gutters and pooling at Points C and D. Point C is the roof. Standing water pooling at your roof is a bad thing for a couple of reasons.
As said, water is corrosive. If it remains on the roof, perhaps held to the roof surface due to water-logged dirt and debris, the water may rot and rust the roof, leading to leaks being formed and more problems inside the house.
And here’s the second thing about water. Water is heavy. And water located in just one part of the roof, causes points of intense pressure that can cause buckling at weak points on your roof, exacerbating any leaks.
Neither roof nor gutter are designed to withstand heavy weights for long periods of time. They were designed to move that weight onwards. For gutters, this might mean that the gutter itself will begin to sag away from the roof, necessitate more expensive repair work.
What About Point D?
Point D, the other place where you don’t want water to form, is at your home’s foundations. When a blocked gutter causes the water to pool up and overflow the gutter, the water will flow down the roof and pool at your home’s foundations.
This water than does what water has done since time began. It erodes at the earth around your home’s foundation. This erosion allows parts of your home foundations to become exposed to the elements that were never intended to be exposed. The erosion also causes weak points at your home’s foundations, where the foundation might shift, causing cracks to form.
Again, more expensive repair work.
It seems surprising that simply cleaning your gutters could prevent multiple expensive repairs from being required, but it is something that you need to consider.