Autumn is in full swing. Leaves are falling like crazy and those that don’t land on the ground can accumulate in your gutters. Clogged gutters silently damage many parts of your home, resulting in a plethora of issues. Fortunately, dealing with clogged gutters can be a thing of the past. If you need a roofing company in Columbia to install new protected gutters, discover Cox Roofing. We serve all areas of Howard County and Baltimore County.
Dangers of Clogged Gutters
Pooling water that can’t drain into full gutters results in a roof leak. The water will remain in the gutter causing the roof to rot. It then weakens the structure and can leak into the home.
If water isn’t properly carried through a downspout and away from your home, it will spill down the side of it. This water causes erosion that will weaken the walls and lead to foundation cracks. The water that is pouring off the sides of the house can damage flower beds, shrubs, or small trees around the home as well.
Damp areas cause mold to grow and when water is not draining properly, it can cause your basement to become damp. Plus, anything made of wood that remains damp is likely to rot. Mold is harmful, especially to those with allergies and can cause wheezing, skin irritation, and other health issues.
Mosquitoes look for standing water to lay eggs. Additionally, wasps and bees like to use gutters full of damp leaves to build nests. If water is surrounding your home, it becomes a breeding ground for insects. Standing water increases the chance that insect infestations, including termites and ants, can make their way inside of your home.
When gutters become filled with debris, leaves, and/or water, they will begin to sag or bend due to the weight they’re carrying. It’s likely that the weight will become too heavy and the gutters will break off.
Looking for a Roofing Company in Columbia?
With over 30 years of experience, Cox Roofing installs Leaf Relief systems to help keep gutters clear and prevent damage from clogged gutters. We also offer other services such as installation and repair of all types of roof materials, siding, and gutters. Contact us today for a free estimate!