An important but often overlooked part of home maintenance is keeping your gutters (eaves troughs) clean and free of debris so that rain water drains properly. If debris from nearby trees collects in the gutters it can impede the water from draining properly and cause water to run over the edges which can lead to basement leaking and foundation problems.
In the winter months, clogged gutters can also contribute to the formation of ice dams. An ice dam is a barrier of ice that prevents water from flowing off the roof. It is created when snow on a roof melts and then refreezes at the roof edge. As more water continues to melt and refreeze, the dam builds and prevents water from flowing into the gutter and away from the home. Standing water behind the ice dam can back up under the roof shingles and penetrate the roofing material, causing interior leakage. To avoid costly repairs, be sure to have us check the gutters on your home at least twice a year, late in the spring and fall seasons.