Rainwater gutters benefit your home in many ways and when they are not properly maintained, they will damage your home. Gutters control the flow of rainwater on your house by directing/diverting it away from your home to a place where you want it to be collected. The following are the things that make rainwater gutters dirty; bird droppings, trees, leaves, weed, grass, dirt & dust, soil making the gutters clogged in the long run because rainwater is prevented to flow through them.
Dirty and clogged rain gutters can result in the following problems
Structural/foundation damage. Clogged water on the gutters will flow down the walls of your home leading to foundation cracks and weakening the home foundation.
Pest infestations. Standing water on the gutters acts as a breeding place for mosquitoes, rats, ants, spiders, snakes, bees, wasps which may result in serious diseases.
Roof/wall/ceiling damages. Clogged gutters can cause roof leakage making water infiltrate your home.
Fascia boards(face board) damage. Water from the clogged gutter sits into the wood fascia board (face board) causing them to rot.
Mold growth. Mold loves to grow in moist, humid conditions which leads to health issues like asthma, coughing, allergies.
Gutter damage. Dirty gutters carry a lot of weight due to plants, trees, soil and if the water isn’t diverted, it collects and increases the weight on the gutters leading them to break.
Water supply disruption. Dirty and clogged rain gutters affect the supply of water at home because it just stands on the clogged gutter or overflowing sometimes.
It’s advisable to clean rainwater gutters twice a year but if you have trees, plants around, you may need to clean gutters often because they will get dirty at a fast rate.