Blocked Gutter Systems

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Traditionally, rooftop systems mainly consist of shingles, underlayment, decking and gutter systems. In fact, gutters and downspouts are reliable water channels and can reduce leaks across the rooftop’s surface. Homeowners may notice reduced gutter efficiency and possible water backups onto roofs without consistent professional evaluations. Denver roofing professionals must survey blocked gutter systems so that shingle moisture damage is significantly reduced across the rooftop.

Frequently, debris blockages occur at system bends or elbows. For instance, debris falling onto rooftops can flow into horizontal gutter lengths. It eventually enters elbows where it sticks against confined gutter walls. As a result, water can’t pass through this blocked area and backs up onto the roof. Contractors usually respond by removing elbow sections and cleaning out their interior. Typically, homeowners can’t see this debris accumulation within elbows until water backups occur at roof edges.

Generally, gutter systems are relatively sheltered from severe physical damage because of their rooftop location. However, contractors must install gutter downspouts located along structural corners for proper ground drainage. If downspouts are crushed, gutter blockages are the result of these damages. Vehicles, tools and other heavy objects can crush aluminum downspouts against walls with excessive force.

As a solution, homeowners should hire contractors for frequent roof system inspections. Any damaged gutter sections can be repaired or replaced by professionals before the next rainfall.

In some cases, wild animals might block gutters with nesting debris and other items. Birds might form nests in gutters during a dry spell. When rain does develop, that nest becomes a barrier against normal gutter water flow. Even squirrels and other animals could find refuge in horizontal gutter lengths. Cracks and misaligned gutter seams are usually the result of animal activities. Homeowners should hire roofers for frequent gutter inspections to reduce natural blockages.

Homeowners can also reduce gutter blockages by adding guards to open channels. Mesh gutter guards simply create barriers against any debris entering drainage channels. Alternatively, contractors could install bottle brush guards within gutter channels for further system protection. Debris from trees and other natural elements simply falls off the roof instead of entering gutters.

Ideally, homeowners should test their own gutter system between contractor appointments. For example, they can run a garden hose to the rooftop and simulate rainfall into gutters. Residents can observe water efficiently running through all system lengths and into nearby drainage channels using this technique. Clear gutters offer swift water pathways to protect the roof during every rain event.

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