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June 12, 2024

Why Standing Water in Gutters is Bad for Your Home

Standing Water

Your gutters are a hero, protecting your home from the relentless onslaught of rain and snowmelt. That is, if they're working correctly! Standing water in your gutters is a red flag that something's wrong. It might seem harmless, but the consequences can be surprisingly damaging, not only to your gutters themselves but also to the very structure of your Rochester-area home.

At High Falls Property Care, we believe that a little knowledge goes a long way in preventing costly home repairs down the road. Let's get into why standing water becomes a destructive force within your gutters and the various problems it can cause.

What Causes Standing Water in Gutters?

Before tackling the issues, let's understand the common culprits:

  • Clogs: The number one offender! Often there are leaves, twigs, and debris which create dams that prevent water from flowing freely.
  • Improper Slope: Gutters need a slight downward pitch towards downspouts. If they're level or sag in certain areas, water can pool instead of draining.
  • Damaged Gutters: Dents, holes, or separated seams can trap water in specific areas along your gutters.
  • Undersized Gutters: If your gutters are too small for your roof size, they might get overwhelmed during heavy downpours, leading to backups.

The Destructive Effects of Standing Water

  1. A Heavyweight Problem: Water is surprisingly heavy. A full gutter can weigh significantly more than it's designed for, straining the brackets and fascia boards supporting it. It can even cause gutters to pull away from the house entirely!
  2. Rot Magnet: Stagnant water, especially when combined with decaying leaves, creates the perfect breeding ground for rot. Fascia boards, roof sheathing, and even interior framing can be affected if water penetrates outward from your gutters.
  3. Ice Dam Central: In our Rochester winters, standing water in gutters freezes into dangerous ice dams. This can damage shingles, force water under your roof, and even cause gutter system collapse.
  4. Mosquitoes and More: Pests love stagnant water. Gutters become mosquito breeding grounds, and other critters might take up residence in the muck, potentially finding entry points into your attic space.
  5. Unsightly and Unsanitary: Overflowing, algae-filled gutters are an eyesore. They can stain your siding, and mold and mildew can develop from all the trapped moisture.
  6. Landscaping Woes: Water overflowing from clogged gutters erodes flowerbeds, creates muddy messes, and can even damage your lawn by depriving it of proper drainage.
  7. Foundation Under Fire: One of the most serious risks is to your foundation. Water continuously spilling over the sides of your gutters can saturate the soil around your home, leading to basement flooding and potentially severe foundation issues down the line.

Protecting your Gutters and Your Home

  • Regular Cleaning Matters: It's the best defense! We recommend twice-a-year cleaning, with additional checks after severe storms.
  • Gutter Guards: While not maintenance-free, gutter guards significantly reduce the frequency of clogs, especially if you have many trees nearby.
  • Inspections and Repairs: Look for sags, leaks, and signs of deterioration during cleaning. Addressing minor problems early prevents major damage.
  • Professional Eyes: If you're not comfortable with heights, or suspect bigger issues, calling in experts is a smart move.

High Falls Property Care: Your Gutter Guardians

Don't let standing water wreak havoc! We offer a range of services to keep your gutters functioning at their best:

  • Expert Gutter Cleaning: We'll get rid of clogs safely and check for any potential issues.
  • Gutter Guard Options: Let's discuss if guards are a good fit to minimize your gutter headaches.

Don't gamble with your Rochester home – contact us today for a free gutter assessment and estimate! Let's ensure your gutters are up to the task of protecting your property.

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