Tuesday September 22, 2020
We know we Need to Clean our Gutters...But did you ever Wonder Why?
As homeowners, we tend to put ‘cleaning out the gutters’ and the bottom of our list for weekend activities. Understandably, it’s a task all too tempting to put off for another day. Maybe you’ve planned on cleaning them, set the date, that day rolls around and all you can think of is the hundreds of other things you’d rather do. It’s important to do it, but you don’t have to do it yourself. We can help! The busy season for gutter cleaning is fall and spring, you need to have service twice a year for regular home maintenance.
1. Prevent Water Damage
If your gutters are full of leaves, twigs and other debris, the water can’t flow efficiently and will collect heavily, pouring over your gutters. This water dripping down the sides of your home can even begin to make its way into your home. Often, the water damage isn’t noticeable at first because water from gutters tends to get trapped behind siding, in window frames, and under flooring. Furthermore, the combined weight of standing water and the debris in the gutter can cause damage to soffits and the fascia of the house. These cracks are an opportunity for water to enter your home more easily.
2. Protect your Roof, Protect your Wallet
If your gutters are clogged, all that water pooling and sitting heavy and stagnant on your roof can cause serious damage over time. Shingles that have contact with pooling water will deteriorate much faster, the more saturated they become, the less these shingles are bonding with the roof. If this draining problem goes unnoticed for too long, the water can penetrate the roofing and begin to soak into insulation. If the water is allowed to go on uncheck, it will soak through ceilings and walls, creating significant issues. Having your gutters cleaned twice a year helps increase the lifespan of your roof.
3. Reduce risk of Foundation Cracks
Water is powerful, just look at the Grand Canyons! Over time, your overflowing gutters can damage your home’s foundation. If the ground gets too saturated the foundation may shift, which causes the crack and buckling. Enough water with enough time will develop small holes where the foundation has worn away, creating the perfect entrance for pests.
4.Keep Pests from Making your Home, their Home
Full gutters will not only give your foundation these openings for pests, but the debris in the gutters are a desirable home for insects, birds and even rodents! Another unwelcome guest is the algae and moss that grows from so much stagnant water sitting in your gutters and roofline.
Gutter cleaning is crucial maintenance for every homeowner, but there's no rule saying it must be done by the homeowner! Get a quote from us and let us get your gutters ready for fall