Clogged Gutters: Clean And Check For Siding Damage

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Published: August 23, 2014 Last Updated: April 30, 2018


Clogged or obstructed gutters are generally a maintenance issue and can be easily cleaned. Always check  the siding for damage. Gutters that do not flow properly may overflow and cause staining or damage to the siding.

Trees branches near or overhead

Overhead trees may shed leaves and needles that can end up on the roof and in the gutters. Keeping these trees trimmed back and maintained will help reduce the gutters getting leaves and other things in them. Occasionally a tennis ball or toy will also obstruct the downspout or gutter, causing them not to flow properly, which helps keep them clean and washed out.

Gutter Guards

Adding gutter guards help reduce leaves and debris from getting into the gutters. These can be a nice up-grade. If there are gutter guards, keeping them maintained and in place is recommended.

Check siding for damage to areas under or near the gutters

Clogged gutter will occasionally cause water damage to a homes siding. Look for peeling or deteriorated paint. Any peeling or deteriorated paint should be properly repainted, otherwise wood deterioration will occur. If there is any wood rot or deterioration, repair and paint.

Step inside and look at the wall area opposite where any water damage has occurred on the exterior. Look for stains, streaking and any indication of mold and mildew. A musty odor could also be a warning sign that moisture has intruded the wall.

Who to consult? Handymen and gutter installation companies.

Home owners often clean and maintain their gutters. Handymen, gutter contractors and roofers likewise do this type of work.

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