Keeping your gutters clean is an important part of your home’s maintenance.
Throughout the year, and as the weather changes, common issues can arise that will need immediate attention so they don’t become bigger issues later.
We’ve put together this helpful article that highlights the Top 5 Reasons You Should Clean Your Gutters.
- It Preserves and Protects Your Roof
Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on your roof if not addressed quickly. Water backup can result and cause the wood to rot underneath the shingles, cause the shingles to lift and break off, potentially leading to leaks in the roof as well.
- It Prevents Water Damage
Water damage is another thing to consider. If the water can’t flow properly from the gutters and downspouts, rainwater will not drain correctly.Water always finds its way to the lowest point, so you can just imagine the issues water could cause if it has nowhere else to go but inside your home.
Note: Water between the walls of your home can lead to mold and mildew. If you find mold in your home, have a professional come out and address it immediately! Unattended mold can lead to much bigger issues later including an inhabitable living space.
3. It Protects Your Foundation
If your gutters are not doing their job and directing the water away from your home, you’ll have pooling around the foundation. This could lead to it cracking and eventually you’ll end up with water leaking into your basement as a result.
4. It Prevents Pest Damage
Small animals such as squirrels, chipmunks, mice and even birds love to build their nests in the niche of your gutters. They are the perfect height and provide shelter from the elements. The downside to this is that they can “dam” up your water flow. It could also lead to these little critters finding their way into your home.
Note: If you find that wildlife have made a home out of your gutters, call a professional wildlife removal service. It’s not advisable to try and remove them yourself.
5. It Saves You Money
Staying on top of your gutter and downspout maintenance will save you the time, frustration and money. No homeowner would want to deal with a foundation leak or premature roof leak over something as simple and far less costly as gutter cleaning.
It’s recommended that you have your gutters cleaned twice a year and to consider professionals over doing it yourself. Professionals will use the right tools for the job, they will be able to access your gutters and roof for any repair work that is needed and they will follow the proper safety procedures in the process.
What next? We’ve been serving the Hampton Roads region for over 15 years. Talk to one of our technicians for any questions, concerns, or to have us come out to do an evaluation. Give us a call at 757-630-6641.