How To Know If Your Gutters Are Clogged?

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How to Tell if Your Gutters are Clogged

 

Dealing with clogged gutters is common where we are in Olathe, Overland Park, and Kansas City Metro. Gutter cleanouts are a simple yet critical aspect of home maintenance. Ignoring the signs can lead to water damage, pest infestations, and ruined landscaping. We always like to say, water carved out the Grand Canyon, it can definitely cause some damage around your home. But how can you tell if your gutters need repaired or if they are really clogged? Let’s unclog the mystery. Here are the tell-tale signs that your gutters need attention that don’t involve you getting on a ladder and checking for yourself!Gutter cleaning overland park

  1. Leaky Downspouts: A Tell-Tale Drip

One of the first signs that your gutters might be clogged is when you see water leaking from the downspouts. We get calls often in the spring time and homeowners think that they may have a hole or repair needed in their downspouts. If there is debris lodged in the downspout water will drip constantly out of the seams or elbow pieces of gutter. If water is not flowing freely out of the bottom of your downspouts during a rainstorm, it’s time to inspect for blockages.

  1. Water Overflows: A Spillover Nightmare

A clear indicator of clogged gutters is water spilling over the sides. This overflow is usually due to a blockage that prevents water from flowing smoothly through the system. Not only can this spillover stain your gutters and siding, but it can also lead to significant water damage along your home’s foundation and basement. Sometimes all it takes is one heavy rain to flood your basement or home. If you have an egress window or basement then you are at a higher risk for flooding if not maintained. 

 

  1. Nature’s Debris: Leaves and Twigs Sticking Out

If you can see leaves, twigs, or even small plants poking out from your gutter, it’s a visible sign that debris has accumulated. This natural debris can collect in your gutters over time, especially if they are not regularly cleaned. Sticks are more likely to fill up in the spring and summer time with the high winds and storms. Squirrels will also chew off twigs that can fall in and block your downspouts. When you can spot this clutter without a ladder, it’s definitely time for gutter cleaning. Olathe KS is a beautiful area, with the beautiful large trees come many leaves and sticks. 

  1. Pooled Up Water: Ground-Level Evidence

After a rainfall, take a walk around your home. If you see pools of water directly beneath your gutters, this is a sign that the water is not being directed away from your house as it should be. Clogged gutters can cause water to spill over the sides and accumulate at the base of your home, which can lead to more serious issues like foundation erosion.

Tackling the Clog: Prevention and Maintenance

Preventing gutter clogs is key. Regular maintenance, including cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, can prevent these issues from arising. And always, safety first: use a stable ladder and consider hiring professionals if your home is particularly tall or the gutters are excessively clogged.

In conclusion, your gutters are a silent ally in protecting your home from water damage. Paying attention to these key signs of clogging can save you from costly repairs in the long run. Remember, a little bit of preventive maintenance can go a long way toward keeping your gutters—and your home—in tip-top shape.

Edwards Gutter Cleaning and Power Wash is here to serve Olathe, Overland Park, Leawood, and all of Johnson County KS. 

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Mason is very professional, always dependable and does a marvelous job of gutter cleaning. Sends pictures when he’s completed the job. You won’t and can’t go wrong using this company.
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For the past two years, Mason has consistently performed excellent gutter cleaning service for my home. Highest recommendation of Mason's services to others. Looking forward to seeing Mason next Spring & Winter!
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It was a pleasure doing business with Mason. He responded to my message promptly, gave me an estimated date & time he could come to clean my gutters, and then checked back with me to confirm. He arrived on time, finished quickly, and left the area amazingly clean considering my second-story gutter hadn't been cleaned in a while.
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