The gutters around your roof do more to protect your home from water damage than you may appreciate. They divert water to specific locations to prevent damage to the soil around the foundation. However, these rain gutters can become clogged with leaves and other debris, especially during the fall season, preventing them from redistributing the water to downspouts. In some cases, the backed-up water can lead to a broken gutter or other damage that would require replacement. By recommendation of the roofing experts at EC Roofing, watch out for these five signs of clogged rain gutters to get them cleared by before your gutters get damaged and you need repairs.
Water Spilling Out of the Sides Indicate Clogged Gutters
The purpose of gutters is to send water away from your home to a dry well, rain barrel, or another drainage site. However, clogs can prevent the water from escaping to its proper place and backup in the system. If the rain continues to fall on backed-up gutters, the water will fill the channel and flow over the sides.
However, don’t just blame this situation on heavy rain. You may have an incorrectly sized gutter for the climate of where you live. Trusting a professional for gutter replacement can ensure that you have the correct size to handle the typical rainfall that your home receives.
Sagging or Broken Parts Require Gutter Repair
Occasionally, water that backs up in a clogged gutter will weigh down that portion of the system. Therefore, sagging or broken gutters indicate a clog somewhere around your home. However, in this case, simply clearing the clog will not suffice. The bent or broken gutter section will not allow water to flow smoothly.
If you notice sagging gutters, contact EC Roofing to have that portion of the gutter replaced or to invest in a new rain gutter system for your home.
Damage from a Recent Heavy Storm
Storms can cause severe damage to your home. For instance, a fallen tree limb could lead to both roof and gutter damage. After a severe storm, check your home for damage. If you notice that wind, blown debris, or hail harmed your home, contact EC Roofing for professional roofing and home improvement services, including:
- Vinyl replacement window installation
- Seamless rain gutter installation
- Assessment for storm damage claims
- Shingle repair or replacement
- Roof replacements or upgrades
These vital services can make recovering after a storm easier for you and your home.
Green Growth from the Clogged Gutters
The roof of your home and gutters are not gardens. You should not see green growth coming from either location. In fact, if you see plants popping up in your gutters, you likely have a clog that includes dirt and seeds that germinated to produce a plant.
The plants and dirt that support the greenery growing in your gutters will prevent the rain gutters from doing their jobs. If you have this type of clogged gutters, you should clean out the system and see if the dirt caused any holes or bends in the pipes that would require gutter repair.
Birds Flying Out of Rain Gutters
Just as you shouldn’t see greenery, you should also not see birds flying from your gutters. If you have birds frequenting the area, it may be time to contact a gutter specialist. They will look for a nest that was built in your gutter. The bird may have built its nest after the last rain and doesn’t recognize that its new home will flood when it rains next and clog up your gutters.
Contact EC Roofing for Gutter Replacement or Repairs
Stop the cycle of constantly worrying about a storm causing damage to your rain gutters. If you live in Maryland, contact EC Roofing at 410-455-9880. By calling us, you can get a free estimate for the cost of seamless gutters that have a lower chance of leaking. With newly installed gutters that fit your home, you can avoid the problems and damage that come with clogged gutters.