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What Causes Clogged Gutters?

You may recognize that gutters drain water from your roof

But your gutters do a lot more than just clear water from your roof. Your gutters actually protect your home’s foundation from erosion. Sometimes, clogged gutters can negate these functions. But what causes clogged gutters in the first place?

In most cases, gutters clog when leaves, sticks, dirt, pollen, and other items fall into and get stuck in the gutters. While sometimes the downspout gets clogged by these items, many times this debris collects in the gutter and prevents water from draining. This can cause your gutters to overflow, which can erode your foundation.

As previously mentioned, debris can sometimes clog up the downspout. This is usually caused by debris falling down a poorly positioned or poorly designed downspout. Ultimately, this can cause a lot of damage to your home. So, if you notice a clogged downspout, you should have it looked at and fixed as soon as possible.

While ice dams can clog up your gutters and damage your roof, these are fairly uncommon, especially in Oklahoma. Most of the time clogged gutters will be caused by falling debris from trees or that has been blown into your gutters by wind.

If you have any further questions about your gutters, please feel free to contact our office at 918-558-ROOF.

Outdoor Creations Roofing is located at 12816 S. Memorial Dr. in Tulsa, Oklahoma.