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When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? It’s laborious work that requires endlessly climbing up and down a ladder, which means it can be dangerous too. And even though we only do this task twice per year, it seems like an endless menial job always needing attention to not have any negative consequences.

Here are six problems that arise from not cleaning your gutters.

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1. Serious Structural Damage

Now, this is a big one.

The damage that neglecting to clean your gutters can do is huge. The leaves and other debris trap excess water in your gutters. This causes rainwater that is unable to escape through downpipes. It goes into your walls or roof instead. This causes cracks which allows more water to enter, causing swelling and foundation compromise.

Leaking water is the number one cause of damage in a home. It will rot your wood and void any warranty on repairs, not just because it’s unsightly but also very expensive when considering all materials affected by this seeping fluid. Rebuilding after such a scenario can be very expensive.

2. Substantial Roof Damage

When your gutters are clogged, rainwater will tend to seep into the roof as well. Tiny hairline fissures gradually expand over time  causing leaks or other damage. Professional gutter cleaners can detect and prevent this from happening.

When the water in your home freezes, it can cause damage much faster than normal. This is because when ice forms on any plumbing system component that has been exposed by leaks or other damages – like pipes inside walls for example- then expansion occurs at accelerated rates during periods with lower temperatures which may lead to breakages without warning.

3. Damage Won’t Be Covered By Your Insurance

The best way to avoid the cost of repairing your roof is by making sure it has been taken care of its entire lifetime.

This includes regular inspection for any signs or symptoms that might mean you need professional help, as well fixing anything wrong with your gutters before they become an issue. And yes, not bothering to clean your gutters every so often certainly does count as neglect.

4. Mold and Pollen Related Allergies

Living in the Pacific Northwest, there is an abundance of water. When it seeps through the cracks of your home, mold, and mildew may start to grow. This pesky fungus can quickly overwhelm a room if left unchecked- usually because there is not enough natural light or air circulation! You may need entire sections replaced due to extensive damage, so always maintain cleanliness by opening up windows during showers/storms when possible.

Uncleaned gutters can lead to serious health issues such as throat irritation, coughing, and wheezing. They also trap large amounts of pollen, making allergies worse during springtime for those who suffer from allergies.

5. Attract Unwanted Visitors

Dirty gutters are a goldmine for critters, which may damage them. Birds and mice will descend on your property looking for food and leaving behind messes that could lead to even more severe problems.

Animals could enter your home through the cracks and holes. These lead to an animal living between walls, which will result in scratching noises at best or an awful smell if not taken care of quickly enough.

6. Gutters will Smell and Look Bad

The gutters on your home are an important part of its appearance. When they’re clogged with leaves and debris, the roof will look unkempt which greatly detracts from its aesthetics. Note also that the moisture trapped in the leaves lead to a moldy smell, that can sometimes be detected from the ground.

If you don’t clean your gutters, then neglecting the task is far more painful in the long run. Keep these six issues in mind when deciding whether or not to clean them and remember that a professional gutter cleaning service could do it quicker and cheaper than you think!