Make it your goal this year to be proactive when it comes to the maintenance of your home or office building. Regular gutter cleaning and repair will help ensure that you don’t meet unexpected damages and costly repairs. Inspecting your gutters to make sure they are not clogged with leaves, twigs, or other debris can help to prevent a variety of issues in the future.

Leaking roof

A functioning gutter system can prevent water damage during all four seasons. Water damage can cause structural damage to your home leading to costly repairs, or even replacements. Gutters are built to remove the water from your roof and direct it away from your house. When excess water cannot get through the gutters, it finds another way out, through the roof, leading to interior damage to walls and ceilings.

Structural damage

Clogged gutters cause water to overflow and remain around the foundation of your home. In the cold months, when the water freezes and then expands, it can cause frost heave which can leave cracks in your foundation. Roof leaks due to improper gutter care can cause damage to your ceiling, walls, fascia board, and other parts of your home or building, like the foundation. Structural damage not only reduces the stability of your building, but also decreases the value of your home.

Pest infestation

Leaves, twigs and other debris can become ideal nesting and breeding spots for unwanted pests like mice, rats, insects, birds and mosquitoes. The pests can damage your building and invade your house. The debris can also decompose into a matter that supports growth of tree seedlings, fungi and other plants.

Damaged landscaping

Thoughtful landscaping adds beauty to your building and enhances the value of your home. When excess water does not travel through the gutters and down the drain spout as intended, it can cause soil erosion, wash away your flowers, destroy plants, and even kill grass and trees due to overwatering.

Basement flooding

When backed up gutters overflow and spill rain water over the edges, it can go directly to your basement and your basement area can become flooded very quickly. Basement flooding not only damages your home and interior valuables, but it can cause mold and mildew which is costly to repair and a health hazard for your family or employees.

Roof and gutter repair

Ensuring that your gutters are functioning at top speed can reduce the amount of roof and gutter repairs throughout the year. During the winter, backed up gutters trap ice which adds weight and stress on your roof, especially when pooling occurs. When your clogged gutters don’t drain  water as they should and the water freezes, it moves shingles apart, opening a path for roof leaks.

 

Inspect and clean your gutter every 4 months or at least in the spring and fall. If you are unsure of how to clean gutters or want to know the best way to clean gutters, ask a professional for assistance. Gutter cleaning will ensure that you aren’t surprised with unexpected damages and costly bills this year, allowing you to relax in the comfort of your home, knowing that your home or building is prepared to handle the weather.