What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you see a broken gutter? Probably, ‘that needs fixing.’ However, what you may not know is that there are hidden dangers of broken gutters that go beyond aesthetics. Broken or blocked gutters can affect your home and health. This blog post will explore these dangers with tips on how to prevent them from happening in the future!
Not only can broken gutters cause leaks, but they can also lead to mould which has the potential of causing serious health problems in your home or business.
Blocked gutters can also do significant damage under the eaves of your roof where water is prone to pooling. This can lead to rotting fascia boards, peeling paint and even damaged shingles which all will need replacing in order for your home exterior remain looking new.
Blocked gutters are also known to cause window damage due to rainwater dripping over the edges of windowsills or through broken seals and into the window. This can cause cold patches, mould to grow along with windows internally and externally, and damage to any insulation. This is especially bad during colder times like winter, particularly if anyone from your household has allergies or a lung condition such as asthma.
The health risks of blocked gutters are serious and if you do not fix them in a timely manner, they can cause extensive damage to your home or business which will cost more money than prevention in order to repair.
Leaks and mould aside, blocked gutters can cause serious damage to your roof. If water is not able to flow freely down the guttering system, it often finds alternative routes such as seeping into cracks in exterior walls or soaking through insulation or even pooling up on the roof causing the roofing and ceiling to collapse in on itself, which will need emergency expert repairs that tend to be very expensive.
Moreover, guttering damage may not be visible from inside the building so it is possible that you wouldn’t even know there was anything wrong until more significant issues arise.
Electrical issues from excess water
Other than water leaking into areas of buildings where this shouldn’t happen, it can be even more serious and potentially life-threatening if it runs into electrical equipment.
This blog post has covered just a few possible dangers that come with broken or blocked gutters. Not only are they unsightly but they have the potential for a serious impact on your health and property!
The first step in preventing these problems from ever happening again is by fixing any issues immediately. If you notice signs of leaks then get them looked at right away before more damage occurs which can be very costly over time. Contact Progress Windows for any roofline issues such as guttering, fascias or soffits.