A gutter’s primary function is to redirect water away from your property. Blocked gutters can lead to overflowing and water seeping down to the foundation of your property. The earth beneath your foundation can shift and crack because of the water. When your gutters are filled with debris, rainwater cannot drain and collects in the gutters. Any shingles exposed to water will decay more quickly than the rest of your roof. The longer your gutters are clogged and dirty, the more water will pool around the base of your home. Water will leak into your basement walls when it overflows and runs down the side of your house. Extra weight on your gutters will damage your soffits and fascia and cause your gutters to sag. Your gutters may fall off your property if left unattended for a long time. Some bugs and animals see clogged gutters full of leaves, debris, and standing water as a feast. These pests might get into your home through holes in your roof or foundation as the weather begins to cool.