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Clogged Gutters

Learn what kind of damage clogged gutters can cause, and how you can fight back & protect your home.

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Don’t overlook the importance of cleaning out your rain gutters! While it may seem like a minor household chore, neglecting to clear away debris can cause serious damage to your home over time. Relying on nature to do the work for you isn’t advised – don’t make this mistake. Stay on top of your home maintenance by taking the time to properly clean out your rain gutters. It’s an easy task that can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

Signs You Have Clogged Gutters: 

Leaves, Twigs, and Plant Growth 

Any trees located right next to your home have the potential to clog your gutters. Organic debris like sticks, leaves, and pine needles can fall from trees straight into your gutters.

Believe it or not, the organic matter in your gutters can even support plant growth in your gutters. Keep an eye out for leaves, plants, and sticks in your gutters and remove them as needed to stay on top of clogs.

Gutters Are Bowing, Sagging, Or Misshapen 

When leaves and other debris build up in your gutter, the debris mass blocks water flow from your gutter to your downspout. This will cause water to collect in your gutter and weigh it down along with the materials stuck in it. The excessive weight may cause it to sag, bow, or even break along the middle. 

This can also lead to pooling around your home’s foundation. When water pools around your basement, crawl space, or slab foundation, it can lead to leaking, flooding, and even weakening of the soil beneath your home. 

Water Damage to Siding

If you notice water stains on your home’s wooden or vinyl siding or fascia boards, it’s a sign that you’re dealing with clogged gutters. When rainwater can’t make its way through your exterior drainage system, it will find other avenues to escape your roof and gutter system. Commonly, water overflow from the side of your gutter, causing streaks and water damage to the side of your home over a long period of time. 

Animals and Bugs in Gutters 

Birds, mosquitoes, gnats, termites, and wasps find a happy home in your gutters if they aren’t cleared on a regular basis. The debris sitting in standing water provides a welcoming environment for these pests to make new homes in. This can be a hazard if left unchecked; namely if you or gutter cleaning services climb up to clean out the gutter, and meet a dangerous wasp nest. If this is the case, it’s recommended to call in an exterminator first before having gutterwork done. 

Gutters Have Not Been Cleaned 

While certain home problems can fix themselves, gutter blockages aren’t one of them. If your gutters haven’t been cleaned or maintenance in a while, the chances of a serious clog get higher. While routine maintenance can help address the issues mentioned in this section, but the only way to truly minimize them is with a specially designed gutter system.

Keep reading for tips on how you can better prevent these problem signs below. 

Tips on How To Prevent Clogged Gutters

  • Clean gutters periodically 

Cleaning your gutters is the best way to ensure that they don’t clog throughout the year. Cleaning gutters has become easier over the years with the advancement of affordable yard tools that can reach up and inside of your gutter, without any need for a ladder. Some choose to use extension gutter cleaner devices, while other homeowners put on a pair of work gloves and scrape debris out with a trowel.  

Regardless of how you choose to safely clean your gutter, it’s wise to run your garden hose inside of the gutter to ensure the water flow has been fully restored. If you turn the faucet and water still isn’t coming out of your gutter drainage system, then it’s time to investigate further or call in the professionals. 

  • Trim hedges and tall plants 

By minimizing the threat of debris collecting in your gutters, you’re less likely to have clogged gutters, and you’ll even have less to clean throughout the year. This will also act as a defense mechanism during hurricanes or rainstorms. 

  • Install the AquaGuard Gutter Protection System 

Our gutter protection system is designed to make sure your gutters stay clear of debris and are protected from damage. Our system contains two primary parts:

  • Trough: where runoff water flows through to the downspout, designed with liquid adhesion and angled slates for better water collection
  • Perforated Cover: protects your home’s gutter from debris buildup, but still allows water to be captured and drained without clogs.  

AquaGuard’s gutter protection system is also easier to clean, as it is designed with a removable endcap for easy access to debris. No more digging inside of a dirty trough just to remove some sticks and leaves. 

The total cost of our gutter system depends on the size of your home, the number of downspouts, and the individual situation you’re facing. With a free gutter inspection, our specialists will be able to provide you with an accurate same day estimate.

We understand that gutters are an important investment for any homeowner, and we offer a warranty for our system. That way, if any problems do occur, we’ll make sure everything is quickly back up and running. AquaGuard is proud to provide the best gutter system to homeowners across Georgia. Protect your greatest asset from issues like flooding, mold, and water damage with our premium gutter protection system!


It’s recommended to clean your gutters at least twice a year. If you notice debris buildup more often than twice a year, then clean as needed. As a rule of thumb, clean out your gutters in the fall and spring as leaves, branches, and other debris collect in or around your gutter. 

Southern Magnolia and Sycamore trees are common in Georgia, and shed all year. Other year-long shedding trees include pine and eucalyptus. If you have these trees in your yard or neighborhood, you should expect to up your gutter cleaning from twice a year to once every three months. 

Gutters can be clogged by many things year-round, including but not limited to: leaves, branches, bird nests, wasp, or hornet nests. For colder climates up north, heavy snow and ice dams can clog and weigh down a gutter as well. 

  • Prevents Bugs and Pests from Nesting in Your Gutters 

Just as wasps, birds, and other critters are attracted to trees, debris buildup in your gutter can provide a safe space for these pests to nest. Cleaning out your gutter can make a less hospitable place for these creatures to take root. 

  • Can Help Prevent Puddling and Soil Erosion Around Your Home 

Adequately cleaning your gutter can ensure that water drains away from your home using the proper channels and doesn’t overflow to the sides of your home. This also protects your crawl space or basement from flooding. 

  • Helps Avoid Interior Leakage 

When your gutters are clogged, it encourages water or ice buildup in the shingles of your roof. This not only damages your roof, but can completely destroy your roof’s insulation, but it can also cause leakage in your ceiling and walls from above. Ensuring clear passageways for rainwater through your gutter can help you avoid these problems altogether. 

Get Answers With AquaGuard

The health of your gutters is vital to the health of your whole home. At AquaGuard, our goal is to make you feel at peace with your home by preventing gutter problems before they escalate. We’re proud to make gutter maintenance easier for you. 

Serving Atlanta, Athens, Columbus, and surrounding areas, our certified field inspectors are here to help you find the right gutter and foundation solutions for your one-of-a-kind home. Our home inspections and quotes are completely free, so you feel safe investing in your home’s future. Set up your first appointment today!

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