Gutters are designed to be one of the first lines of defense for your home. They control the flow of water around the home and protect it saving you from thousands in repairs and premature decay of your home.
If gutters are left clogged or malfunctioning, water can overflow and collect around the foundation of your home. If this happens in the colder months, which is not strange here in Wisconsin, the water can freeze and expand causing cracks in foundation walls. If water isn’t flowing away from your house correctly, this same buildup and freezing can shorten the lifespan of your driveway and sidewalks with cracks and sagging concrete.
Backed up gutter water can also cause moisture damage to any wood in the fascia around your home. This not only leads to rotten wood, but can create undetected roof leaks that can damage interior walls and ceilings.
There are companies out there that will clean your gutters for a nominal fee if you are uncomfortable climbing ladders and putting yourself at risk. Or can you can look into gutter guard options such as GutterRx which provides a 20 year no-clog guarantee.