Gutter care is essential because it helps to keep rainwater from penetrating your roof, walls, landscaping and foundation. Due to this crucial purpose, you must make sure that your gutters are clear of obstructions and clutter to enable the proper drainage of rainfall.
Unfortunately, gutters frequently become blocked by the buildup of foliage and other debris which can impede the rainwater’s easy runoff. You should regularly clear your gutters to avoid these obstructions. Professionals advise cleaning the gutters at least twice a year.
Why should you use a gutter cleaning service? Here are some reasons…
#1 Keep out rain water
Clogged gutters are frequently the main cause of roof leaks and damage. Rainwater can seep into your walls, foundation and interior spaces if the gutters aren’t clean and/or working as intended.
#2 Protect and maintain your gutters
A well-kept gutter will last for a very long time. Water can back up and become stuck in the gutter system when the gutters are clogged with debris. Because of the weight of the wet material and the increased strain on gutter joints caused by retained water, gutters can become sluggish. This can eventually cause leaks, corrosion and cracks that jeopardize the durability of your entire gutter system.
#3 Prevent mold and wood rot
Rainwater cannot pass through clogged gutters. As a result, the area surrounding your home’s fascia, where your gutters are normally joined to the roof, may become moist, which can result in the growth of mold and lead to wood rot. Mold may lead to health issues, and it’s sometimes hard to detect and remove. More noticeable is wood decay. When your fascia boards start to decay, they endanger the integrity of your gutter system, which may cause more costly issues in the future.
#4 Avoid ice dams
Cleaning your gutters is one way to prevent ice dams from forming on your property. When there is debris in your gutters, icicles can develop and accumulate back on your roof more easily. On the other hand, clean gutters make it simple for melting snow to move securely away from your property, assisting you in preventing ice dams.
#5 Maintain a dry basement
Many houses have basement floods, particularly in the spring, when the snow melts and the ground surrounding your foundation holds more water than usual. What you might not be aware of is that flooding in your basement can also be caused by blocked gutters. Water that should be draining down the spout and out from your property instead overflows the sides of blocked gutters. Your foundation is directly in the path of all that water!
#6 Guard your siding
Maintaining and extending the life of your siding is another benefit of cleaning your gutters. While blocked gutters can cause water to pour out and over the gutter, clean gutters effectively guide water. You get water damage when water is continuously pouring down your siding rather than being diverted away from it. Vinyl siding is susceptible to water penetration, and homes with cedar shake or log siding may have wood rot as a result. In any case, the straightforward fix is to keep the gutters clear of debris.
Cleaning gutters may be a tiresome, difficult and nasty task. It can be challenging to climb up there and complete the task, even when you are aware of all the benefits of keeping your gutters clean. Get in contact with the Born Carpentry experts if you’re not up to cleaning up your gutters this season. Want your gutters cleaned and maintained by professionals? Call Born Carpentry at 612-747-8003.