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The Hazards of Clogged Rain Gutters and How to Prep Your Home for Fall

Leaking Gutters Cause Real Damage

The dog days of summer are behind us and there are plenty of things to get a head start on. Your children are headed back to school, you neglected to start cleaning your rain gutters because of the heat and in the next few months, the rain is expected to make a comeback. Rain gutters are a necessity to those who have a long-standing operative home that fights against water pooling in the least suspected areas around your home. The amount of damage that clogged rain gutters can cause may surprise you.

Rain gutters can be clogged with twigs, leaves, dirt and other debris that can make you cringe. Most of us understand the struggle of removing gutter system particles and like most of us realize, the clogged up mess found in your rain gutters can cause various problems to the structure of your home’s foundation.

Hazards of Clogged Rain Gutters

Leaves typically accumulate in a rain gutter around autumn. However, many of us fail to clean them over the course of a year until the rain comes in full force. Whenever it rains there is clearly no room for water to travel, so instead of directing water flow away from the home, the water flows back on the roof and along the sides of the house. Thus, causing unwanted water flow to seep into the ceiling, walls, basement and foundation of the building. These leaks can result in costly repairs to the homeowner not only in the form of water damage, but costly fire hazards during hot and dry conditions have the potential to burn the roofing system of the structure.

On top of avoiding the clogged rain gutters from functioning smoothly, older homes with clogged gutters may have cracks in the walls with basement that has a musty odor. Additionally, failing to maintain rain gutters may affect the air quality of the whole home. Ceilings, attics and basements may have long-standing water damage that eventually builds into full on mold and mildew. Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. Even if you are not allergic, mold and mildew contributes to a number of illnesses if they are not removed or prevented against.

According to the Institute of Medicine indoor exposure to mold exposes people to potential upper respiratory illnesses. Additionally, people with constant exposure to molds can increase their risk to nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, or skin irritation. Severe reactions may also include fever, shortness of breath obstructive lung disease and mold infections within the lungs.

Protecting Your Gutters from Clogs

Although many homeowners clean their rain gutters once a year, there are still others who fail to keep track of the signs of clogs to protect their home. There are plenty of rain gutter handy men who find themselves experts in the field of rain gutters, but none of them realize the importance of professional maintenance and installation.

The Rain Gutter Specialists Los Angeles homeowners choose most often are capable of keeping your rain gutters in great shape all year long. We can also install new copper rain gutters if the current rain gutters are too damaged to recover from simple repairs. If you are in need or professional rain gutter repairs contact our friendly rain gutters office and schedule an appointment by calling (818)779-1580.