Winter has passed and your gutters are no doubt full of leaves, sticks, and black sludge. This can cause drainage problems as we are upon rainshowers bringing us gorgeous May flowers. Fort Collins roofing knows using your valuable weekend time on a ladder cleaning your gutters does not sound fun, but it is necessary. Here are a few reasons to dive in and get it done.

  • Leaking Basements

    • Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks are moments away.

  • Cracked Foundations

    • Excess water against the foundation wall can weaken the footing and lead to cracks. This is particularly true in the winter months when built up water at the foundation freezes.

  • Rotten Wood

    • Water backing up from clogged gutters will cause moisture damage to the wood fascia around the house. The rotted area will get worse quickly if the leak is not eliminated by cleaning the gutters.

  • Leaking Roofs

    • In Winter, ice dams can form on top of clogged gutters. Then snow builds up on the top of the gutter and freezes. During the next thaw, water running off the roof is blocked and backs up into the house. This can lead to severe wall and ceiling damage.

  • Slippery Sidewalks

    • Overflowing water can run onto sidewalks and freeze causing a hazard to pedestrians.

  • Aging Driveways

    • Clogged gutter spouts cause driveways to sag and crack.

When cleaning gutters always think of safety first! If you are not comfortable with heights or don’t use tall ladders regularly call us and we will handle the rest.