Gutters do a fantastic job of collecting and directing water off your roof – that is until they become blocked. Obstructions in your gutters such as leaves, sticks, bird nests, seeds and other debris can cause water to back up in your gutters and onto your roof, potentially causing serious problems.
In the winter months, obstructions in the gutter or downspout can cause water or snow stuck in the gutters to freeze, creating an ice dam. Ice dams can cause water pooling on your roof, which can lead to leaks and potential structural damage, sagging or busted gutters, or gutters that pull away from the property structure.
In the summer, water can overflow the gutter at the source of a blockage, which can cause soil erosion or seepage along the side of the house or building or into the basement. Water buildup can lead to excess moisture which can be a breeding ground for mold and mildew, moss and lichen growth and insect activity like mosquitoes.