- Standing or stagnant pools of water can foster mosquitoes, dragon flies, roaches, and carpenter ants. Mosquitoes can be more than just annoying. At least 11 counties in Minnesota have reported cases of dengue fever, a painful and debilitating illness that is spread by mosquitoes.
- Rotting debris can attract flies.
- Birds may find those clumps of twigs attractive and build their nests around them, further blocking the gutters. And as debris builds up, plants may even sprout, like in the gutter shown here. If seeds develop, that means more birds. Pine cones in gutters may also attract birds and rodents.
- Wasp nests are often found in clogged gutters.
Another reason gutters get clogged is they have sagged or warped, and the water is no longer flowing as it should. You can easily check this by running a stream of water with a garden hose through your gutters. If the water isn't streaming quickly out the downspout openings, you've likely got clogs. Another sign of a clog or problem is if water flows over the front or behind the gutters. A repair or replacement of your rain-handling system may be in order.Got gutter issues? We're here to help. Repair and installation of seamless steel gutters and downspouts is just one of several exterior home remodeling solutions we offer. We are a licensed Minnesota home improvement company, and we serve the greater Twin Cities metro area.
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