For homeowners, the sight of clogged gutters can be as disturbing as peering into a cesspool. Unless you’re on a mission to scare away visitors, the sight, and even smell, of clogged gutters should entice you to clean them regularly.
Gutters are designed to catch rainwater and funnel it away from the foundation. This can prevent a number of bad things, but without regular gutter cleaning, you are merely creating a new host of problems.
Clogged gutters can lead to mold, decay and nests of mosquitoes that will surely ruin your investment and livelihood.
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
Don’t wait until your gutters are overflowing with pseudo-toxic waste to clean them. Most people do their gutter cleaning a couple of times a year, as it not only keeps away the stench, but it is required for proper gutter functionality.
Gutters collect a lot of debris in the winter, so having regular gutter cleaning on your spring to-do list is a must. Heavy snow and ice can damage gutters, so it’s important to check them out before the heavy rains cause them to come crashing down.
You’ll also want to spend some time gutter cleaning again in late autumn. This is especially necessary if you have a lot of trees around your house because the gutters can easily get clogged up with falling leaves.
Protect Your Basement
If rainwater cannot be removed via the gutters, it will pool around your foundation cause it to crack. If you have a basement or a crawlspace, the water can leak down into it, damaging anything you have stored in the basement and causing mold to grow. You want to keep water out of your home at all costs, lest you want to leave yourself susceptible to a wide range of health problems.
Protect Your Roof
In addition to keeping your home’s foundation safe, gutter cleaning protects your roof as well. When gutters are full of debris, they tend to retain moisture, which can seep into the fascia board (the wood that’s under the edge of the roof) and the roof’s frame. This can cause the wood to rot, weakening the roof. This type of damage can be very expensive to repair. Even though it’s a chore, it’s much cheaper to spend an afternoon cleaning out the gutters.
Protect Your Driveway
Not even your driveway is safe from the havoc caused by clogged gutters. Constant streams of water can damage the cement and blacktop of driveways and sidewalks. Combine that with the constant stress put it from cars and you will surely end up with cracks, chips and uneven areas.
Protect Yourself From Critters
Clogged gutters often fill up with water. During the summer months, this creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos and other insects. Before you know it, your yard is full of mosquitoes looking to munch on you and your family.
It’s also possible that birds and other creatures will burrow into the debris that has collected in your gutters. One of the last things you want to find when you finally get around to cleaning your gutters is a critter graveyard!
Clean Them Out Today!
We here at Gutter King are a bit strange: we loved cleaning our gutters so much that we formed a company to do it for countless others. Not everyone is comfortable climbing a ladder to dig out the muck and debris from their gutters. It’s a chore that is ripe with disgust and can even be downright dangerous. So give us a call and we’ll make our odd obsession your incredible gain.
Better yet, we can help you kiss the chore goodbye for good by investing in one of our highly-rated gutter protection systems.