Let’s face it – the topic of home gutters and gutter cleaning is far from a fascinating subject. Most homeowners don’t think about their home gutter system until the gutters stop working properly.
Fact is, the gutters on your home provide a critical duty for your home – directing water away from the perimeter of your house. If your gutters are clogged with debris or not in operative shape, however, they may not function properly. Regular maintenance will help keep your gutters functioning properly, prevent water damage and keep your home looking nice.
It doesn’t take long for improperly working or clogged gutters to show wear and tear on your home and devalue your investment. If you think a few leaves and twigs in your gutters are harmless, think again. Regular gutter cleaning is the single most important key to avoiding major and expensive home repairs.
Issues Caused by Clogged Gutters
Leaking Basements and Cracked Foundations: Clogged gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks may be moments away, and excess water against the foundation can weaken the footings and lead to cracks.
Leaking Roofs: In winter, ice dams can form on top of clogged gutters. Snow then builds up across the top of the clogged gutter and freezes. During the next thaw, water running off the roof is blocked by the frozen snow and backs up into the house. This can lead to major wall and ceiling damage.
Washed Out Landscaping: Any newly installed plants, grass or trees can be killed by excess water from clogged gutters. Overflowing gutters can cause severe erosion and put an early end to young plantings.
Slippery Sidewalks: Overflowing gutters can deposit water on walks and driveways where it can freeze and cause a slipping hazard. Avoid this problem by keeping gutters clean and the spouts extended away from any traffic areas.
Rotted Wood: When gutters have debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia board. The moisture can also affect the roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. The debris acts like a wick and brings water in the bottom of the gutter up to the fascia. Many homeowners have spent THOUSANDS of dollars replacing rotted wood that an inexpensive professional gutter cleaning by Action Gutter could have prevented.
Animals and Wood Destroying Insects: Lack of cleaning will also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris. This condition is ideal for breeding mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insects and even mice will make a home in gutter debris.
Sagging Driveways: Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause driveway and walkways to sag and crack.
Wood Destroying Insects: Bugs love moisture. Keeping gutters free of clogs and keeping the soil dry around the foundation perimeter can force bugs to go elsewhere for a tasty snack of dampened two-by-four.
Gutter Cleaning – A “Must Do”
Maintenance to Protect Your Investment
Do not overlook the importance that clean gutters have on keeping your home water drainage system running smoothly and effectively. Water damage can be costly, often thousands of dollars. GutterCleaning is preventative maintenance on one of your most valuable assets, your home.
Getting your gutters cleaned Kip’s Carpet Cleaning is very cost effective, with bi-yearly service cost averaging less than installing many of the mostly ineffective gutter screening systems.