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How Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Water Damage

How Clogged Gutters Can Lead to Water Damage

How often do you clean out your gutters? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is probably “not too often.” Gutter cleaning is one of the most commonly neglected household tasks. This is bad, considering clogged gutters can lead to water damage. When they do, a water damage restoration company is here to help. 

Here’s an overview of how clogged gutters can lead to water damage (and how you can prevent it). 

Why Do Clogged Gutters Lead to Water Damage? 

Your home’s gutters are designed to capture water and move it away from the house. Unfortunately, when your gutters are clogged, this movement isn’t possible. 

Gutters can be clogged by a number of different items. This includes but isn’t limited to: 

  • Twigs/branches
  • Leaves
  • Moss
  • Bird nests
  • Weeds

In some cases, you may even have toys or baseballs from your neighbor’s yard land there without realizing it. Regardless of what is up there, they can all lead to a clog. When a clog happens, it will force rainwater over the side of the gutter. This means that water will go straight for your foundation and, subsequently, your basement. 

So if you’re curious as to what is causing the water damage in the basement, it’s likely your clogged gutters. 

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters to Avoid Water Damage? 

This is a great question! As a general rule of thumb, you should clear your gutters every six months. You may have to do it more, depending on where you live.

Homes in heavily shaded areas are at a higher risk of clogged gutters. 

Signs of Water Damage

If your clogged gutters lead to basement water damage, it’s critical that you recognize the signs. The most common signs of water damage include: 

  • Wet spots and/or stains
  • Rotting wood
  • Condensation on the basement windows
  • Warping walls and floors
  • Chipped paint
  • Foul, musky smells
  • Mold growth 

Mold is one of the biggest signs of water damage. This is because mold grows in as little as 24 hours after water exposure.

Unfortunately, water damage in your basement is likely to result in heavy mold growth. Why? Because people tend to not visit their basements very often, making mold growth like this easy to miss. 

A good rule of thumb to prevent mold growth and severe water damage is to regularly clear out your gutters. Then, after a rainstorm, go down to the basement and check it out. Though we’ve talked solely about basements in this blog, crawl spaces may also be affected. 

Your best defense is hiring a water damage restoration professional. 

Do You Need Quality Water Damage Restoration? Call the Team at REDi for Help!

Treating water damage is made easy when you hire the right team to do so. At REDi, we come prepared to treat any kind of water damage, both big and small. Whether the damage is in a crawl space, basement, or elsewhere, we can help. 

Contact us today to schedule an appointment for water damage restoration services.

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