If you have a lot of trees around you home, you are likely dealing with leaves in your gutters on a constant basis. It can be very frustrating and time consuming to ensure the leaves do not build up. Below is some information about what happens if leaves do build up in the gutters, as well as what you can do to keep the leaves out. You can then spend your time doing other things that are more enjoyable.
What Happens When Leaves Build Up
Water should flow freely through your gutters and then through the downspout. If there is debris backed up, it will cause the gutters to become damaged and corroded. This is because the leaves hold moisture. Most gutters today are made of aluminum, which makes the gutters resistant to rust. However, aluminum can weaken and corrode due to standing water.
If your gutters are filled with water that has nowhere to drain, it will eventually get under your roof. If not taken care of, the water will cause the shingles to deteriorate and soften. This will result in hiring a roofing contractor to repair your roof, which can be expensive. The water may also drip down into your attic causing a host of other problems, such as mold and mildew build up, damage to insulation, and more.
If you are having a lot of problems with leaves the downspouts may also be clogged. This will cause water to back up even more. You can easily clear a clogged downspout by using a strong blast of water with a garden hose. You can also use something like a plumber's snake to get the leaves out.
How to Keep Leaves out
One of the best and easiest ways to keep leaves out of your gutters is by installing gutter guards. You can find these at home improvement stores. They generally have a screen or a fine mesh over the top of them to allow water to flow freely through them. Consider the size of the holes, as you do not want seeds to get through the gutter guards as seeds can germinate.
Before you install the gutter guards, make sure there is no leaves or any other debris in the gutters. If so, you can remove them using your garden use or a small shovel. A leave blower also works well for this purpose.
This protector is designed so you can easily access it for cleaning the inside gutter. It generally attaches to the gutter with a metal clip. PVC gutter guards works well and you can find PVC in a variety of colors so you can match them to your current gutters.
Talk with a gutter installation and repair expert about this information if you need help. They can come to your home and inspect your current gutters, and if damaged can install new gutters for you, as well as the gutter guards.