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Why Gutters Clog

Clogged gutters are all too common for homes in Michigan. Anything from leaves to pine needles, bugs and bird nests, and even dirt can all cause your gutters to become defective.

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Unfortunately, the location of your home does not help when it comes to your gutters clogging or not. No matter where your home is, clogged gutters are a common occurrence that can stem from several things. Knowing how your gutters can become clogged can make all the difference in preventing water damage to your Jackson, MI, home. Here are some of the main reasons your gutters can become clogged. 

What Causes My Gutters to Clog? 

Your gutters can be clogged for several reasons that can cause extensive damage to your property and lower your home’s value. It’s important to know the reasons behind it so that you can properly prevent clogging in the future.  

  • Tree Debris 

One of the most common reasons your gutters clog is because of their close proximity to trees. Although beautiful, trees are the biggest culprit to gutter and foundation damage to a home. All year long, the trees in your yard shed their leaves, especially when the weather begins to cool in the fall. As the wind blows, these leaves find their way onto your roof, yard, gutters, and downspouts, causing severe clogs.  

If your roof is flat, your gutters are more prone to clogging. When your gutter system becomes overwhelmed with leaves, twigs, and pine needles, water saturation increases. This can result in mold and mildew growth, pests, and create the perfect environment for birds to nest. An excess in clogging can also lead to sagging gutters, overflowing, and joint separation which can damage your home’s roof and foundation.  

  • Bad Downspouts 

Unfortunately, nature isn’t always to blame when it comes to clogged gutters. If your gutters were poorly planned and installed defectively, the downspout may trap debris that blocks the natural flow of water. This causes backups in the gutter and even more water damage as time goes on. Many people will attribute bad downspouts to leaves and twigs when it isn’t necessarily the case.  

  • Ice Dams 

Since Toledo experiences high amounts of snow in the winter, homeowners there are likely to experience clogged gutters. This is where the slope of your roof and placement of your gutter system plays a major role in preventing this. If any part of your roof has a negative slope, snow will settle and cause pressure to push down on it and leak into your attic. Afterward, the thawing snow will slide onto your gutter and the temperature change of your gutter will lead to ice forming and clogs. 

If clogs form due to an ice dam, any additional snowfall may overflow the gutter and cause damage to your home’s walls and foundation. Heavy snow could also cause your gutter to sag and eventually break away from your home.  

What Does a Clogged Gutter Look Like?  

As discussed, gutters develop leaks over time and for several reasons. Here are some common example photos of what gutter leaks look like. 


One of the most effective ways to prevent your gutters from clogging is to regularly check for debris and clean them out. This ensures that there is nothing in your gutters that can cause a backup and trap more debris. Another great way of preventing clogs is to install a gutter guard or gutter cover. Our specially designed solution, ProLoc Elite™, is a one-of-a-kind mesh guard system that combats homeowners’ unique environmental surroundings. From pine needles, oak tree leaves or high water flow, the special design of ProLoc Elite™ can handle it all. 

Your gutter system is responsible for preventing water damage to your home and landscape. It’s imperative to keep it in proper working order so that damage can be avoided. Here are some of the most common ways that leaking gutters can damage your home. 

Leaking Roofs  

If you walk around your home only to see water damage on your ceiling or leaks around the corners of your walls you may be dealing with clogged gutters. When your gutters become clogged, any water that can’t flow towards the downspout will sit and add pressure to your gutters which can then be directed to your roof. 

Foundation Damage  

Clogged gutters can lead to overflowing water when they aren’t able to properly drain down the downspouts. This can lead to pools of water forming around your home’s foundation. Things such as basement leaks, wall cracks, concrete damage, and mold and mildew growth can all stem from clogged gutters. It’s important to address these issues as soon as possible as the repairs can be costly if left unresolved overtime.  

Landscaping Damage  

When an excess of water falls on your flower beds or grass around your home, they may wilt or die resulting in removal and replanting. When gutters are clogged, any heavy rain begins to pour onto your home’s landscape and causes damage which is unpleasant to fix.  

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    Choose The Team at FSM To Fix Your Clogged Gutters 

    If your gutters are clogged with debris and you’re tired of dealing with the effects, it’s time to call the professionals from Foundation Systems of Michigan to resolve this issue. Our team has vast experience in dealing with gutter systems and our solutions can effectively eliminate any debris in the future. By calling us and setting up an inspection, our certified field inspectors will give you a free, no-obligation written estimate of our repairs. That way, you can make the best decision for your home.  

    We serve homeowners in Alpena, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Newberry, Saginaw, Toledo, Traverse City, and more! Call us today to learn more about our gutter systems.  

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