With Fall just around the corner, you should be making your way through this yard clean-up checklist. One item on this checklist is gutter cleaning. Year-round routine maintenance can help to prevent any repairs or replacement needed on your gutters. Read on to learn about 5 more benefits of getting your gutters cleaned.
As mentioned, year-round maintenance can minimize the risk of having to repair or replace your gutters. Leaves, dirt, and other debris can easily collect in your gutters. Without regular cleaning, this can lead to blockages and ultimately too much weight in your gutters. Blockages prevent your gutters from being able to direct water away from your house and too much weight can cause your gutters to bend or snap, impacting the overall function.
Protect Your Roof
Blockages caused by leaves, dirt, or other debris can not only put your gutters at risk of damage, but can also impact your roof. Without anywhere to go, water collected in your gutters will try to escape any way it can, even if that means into your roof. This can cause water to collect and damage not only your roof and shingles, but it can also make its way into your home’s interior, causing more damage. Roof replacements can be very expensive, especially with water damage. Get your gutters cleaned regularly to avoid roof leaks.
Your gutters are intended to direct water away from your home. If they are impeded in any way, without proper drainage for example, they will not function properly. As we saw above, blocked gutters can lead to damage on the gutters themselves and even roof flooding. Keeping your gutters clean is key in preventing water damage. With enough pooling, water can actually penetrate your home’s foundation, which can lead to further damage and issues such as basement flooding and mold. If you notice any pooling water around your home, be sure to get connected with a Pro today.
Leaves and other debris can provide a nice, warm shelter for smaller animals. Dirty gutters can invite birds, mice, chipmunks, and other insects to make a home in your gutters. Once the colder weather arrives, they may even make their way inside, nestling up in your attic for the Winter. Prevent this from happening by keeping your gutters clear of debris throughout the year.
Maintain Curb Appeal
Exposing your gutters to the risk of any of the above will have a negative impact on your curb appeal. Curb appeal is important for more than the obvious of making your home look welcoming and nice (and increasing value). Curb appeal can also provide a sense of security to your property. Unkempt homes may invite unwanted visitors, simply because they think no one is occupying the space. Your gutters, if left alone, can impact more than just the gutters, as we know. Be sure to maintain your gutters regularly to improve curb appeal.