Everything You Never Wanted to Know about Gutter Clogs

BLOGS-GutterClogs_KnowIt.jpgA twist on the saying, “What you don’t know can’t hurt you,” is that, simply, it can. As Psychology Today points out, we often have blind spots to situations that are staring us in the face. You may ignore a damp odor under the kitchen sink, for example, because you do not know how a leaky shutoff valve can lead to expensive damage. The same is true of clogged gutters: “They are only a problem in heavy rains,” you fool yourself into believing. And yet, the damage from gutter clogs can be so substantial, your home becomes unlivable.

Don’t Know, Don’t Care

We are betting you do not know how much water a roof sheds in a typical Texas-league rainstorm. You probably do not care, but you should.

A typical roof of 1,000 square feet on a house sheds 623 gallons of water for every inch of rain. Carrying that water safely away from your home’s foundation is the job of efficient, functioning gutters. For a home with a roof pitched toward the front and back only, each side of your roof must carry away over 310 gallons of water. Gutter clogs mean enough water to fill eighteen bathtubs could be directed not away from your house, but right toward your foundations.

Undermined

The water that should rush safely away from your home to soak into your yard will instead overflow clogged gutters and run straight down, close to your home’s foundation walls. Repeated soakings can weaken and undermine your foundations, leading to a host of troubles.

Up top is no better; clogged gutters divert water up and behind your gutters, eventually rotting the fascia and infiltrating your attic space. Water can even get in between the exterior sheathing and your interior walls, leading to mold and unpleasant smells.

Not Raining

Believing clogged gutters are only a problem when it rains is a classic example of that blind spot. Consider what clogged gutters are clogged with: matted leaves; twigs; granules from a shingle roof. Clogs form thick, sticky, constantly damp carpets ideal for insects and mold spores to take up residence in your gutters. Wasp stings and allergic reactions come next.

 

Whatever gutter issues your Texas home faces, we at Quality Gutter Systems are here to help. Please contact us today to learn how we can remedy clogged gutters, old or sagging gutters, or gutters that overflow at every rain.

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