Gutters perform one job - they control the water around your home.
If debris keeps them from doing their job then you can wind up with some
big problems. No matter where you live, it is safe to say that every
six months, your gutters have accumulated anywhere from 40 to 250+
pounds of leaves, muck, branches, shingle rock, etc. If debris from
nearby trees collects in the gutters it can impede the water from
draining properly and cause water to run over the edges which can lead
to basement leaking and foundation problems.
In the winter months, clogged gutters can also contribute to the
formation of ice dams. An ice dam is a barrier of ice that prevents
water from flowing off the roof. It is created when snow on a roof melts
and then refreezes at the roof edge. As more water continues to melt
and refreeze, the dam builds and prevents water from flowing into the
gutter and away from the home. Standing water behind the ice dam can
back up under the roof shingles and penetrate the roofing material,
causing interior leakage. To avoid costly repairs, be sure to have us
check the gutters on your home at least twice a year, late in the spring
and fall seasons.