A small handful of debris is all that is needed to make your gutter system fail. Your gutters are designed to divert massive amounts of water, that comes from your roof, away from your home. If they are clogged, all that excess water can gather around your foundation. This may lead to cracks in your foundation and/or water intrusion into your basement. Water spilling over the front and back of your gutters can also wash away decorative landscaping, rot wood around windows and doors, stain siding, and accelerate the deterioration of you fascia wood and roof edge.
Making sure your gutters remain free flowing year round can avoid these damaging effects to your home. However, this is a dangerous chore that can put the safety of loved ones at risk and take countless of hours trying to maintain yourself.