3 Reasons to Clean Your Home’s Clogged Gutters

by Joe N. Pollifrone 09/09/2019

Falling leaves are lovely in the fall but can fill your gutters quickly. Clogged gutters can pose a serious problem to your house. One reason for clogged gutters is a lack of maintenance after rains and over a long period. Regular maintenance of your gutter systems can prevent problems from accumulated debris. Clogged gutters can cause leakages that will lead to the growth of mold inside the house, cracked foundation, rotten wood, and other serious problems.

Roofing Damage

Clogged rain gutters can also cause rainwater to remain on your roof for a long time. This pooling water can rot the wood supports of the roof and walls. The rotting wood will then cause leakage of water into the house that will damage your property and lead to expensive roof repairs.

Growth of Mold

An un-maintained gutter system can cause mold to form inside and outside of your house. Moldy fungi can spread quickly especially inside your home and create a health hazard that requires special environmental cleanup services to remove them. This removal of mold can also be expensive. On the exterior, the leaking rainwater from clogged gutters can cause the siding to bow and become moldy. Mold or bowing may require the replacement of a large portion of your home's siding which is an expensive and challenging process.

Cracked foundations

Gutters move water away from your house's foundation. When water cannot drain away from the house properly, it falls off the roof and begins to pool at the foundation of the house, which could cause expensive damage to your foundation. As any damage to a house's foundation is a critical issue that may require your home to get re-certified for building code violations. Also, water damage to your basement can cause you to lose properties that are expensive to replace.

Avoid all these problems with your home with proper and regular maintenance to your gutter systems. Most of the problems caused by leaking gutters are expensive and time-consuming to fix. It is therefore essential to clear up your gutters of all debris regularly to avoid all these issues. In a case where you notice that there are some issues with your building already, speak to a general contractor to help you carry out a comprehensive assessment and schedule repairs immediately.

About the Author
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Joe N. Pollifrone

For over 34 years, Joe Pollifrone has practiced real estate full-time as a licensed Real Estate Broker in California. Joe’s vast sales experience includes duplexes, tri-plexes, four-plexes, apartment buildings, land, condominiums, townhomes, fixer-uppers, estate properties, and bank-owned properties (REOs). He also is active in selling non-owner occupied properties and is well-versed in 1031 tax-deferred exchanges, property management, tenant/landlord issues, and local laws. During Joe’s career to date, he has sold in excess of $200,000,000 of real estate, including over $32,000,000 in REOs. 

Joe brought his deep experience to Sereno Group Willow Glen as a Broker Associate in 2012. He was the Sales Manager and led a top-producing office. Joe would mentor new Sereno hires, making sure that they’re comfortable with the ethos of the office, plugged into Sereno’s network of contacts, and well-versed in the technology required of today’s real estate professionals. 

Joe prides himself on his proven ability to negotiate, extensive knowledge of contracts, and securing close of escrows in a timely manner. Both he and his clients credit his success to effective communication skills, honesty, and hard work. Joe is a native of San Jose and resides in Willow Glen with his wife of twenty-seven years, Kimi, his daughters Milan and Micaela and their two Goldendoodles, Tony-Luca and Marco.