During a rainstorm, your gutter system is designed to route runoff water from the roof to where it can drain away from the house. By doing so they protect siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and help protect flooding in basements. If the gutters are clogged and can’t channel the runoff water properly the gutters will fill up and overflow. The water will then spill over the front of the gutter but it will also spill over the back of the gutter where the water can penetrate the house. This can cause some serious damage. Driveways and walkways will sink and rise, interior and exterior walls and floors can warp, bow or become wet, molded or stained. Entire homes have been destroyed due to water damage, which could have been easily and affordably prevented with regular maintenance of their gutter system. Gutters are not glamorous but are essential for routing roof runoff water from your home.