Many people don’t realize the importance of gutters on the home and take them for granted until damage occurs. Gutters protect doors, windows, ceilings, foundations and walls from water damage. Additionally, they protect against soil erosion, keep patios and decks decaying and also keep the foundation solid. To ensure the gutters are working at their peak performance, regular maintenance is necessary. Debris such as a leaves, twigs, pine needles, dirt and dust can build up and cause clogs preventing water from freely flowing.
The biggest reason to keep gutters clear is to prevent water damage to the home. The intended purpose of gutters is to move water away from the home and foundation which is the number one cause of structural damage to properties. A clogged gutter will not allow water to channel away from the foundation and over time will cause damage. An unstable home is unsafe so investing in clean gutters is a must.
When a gutter overflows after a particularly strong storm, the water will beat down any soil or plants that line the foundation of the home and could potentially destroy the plants. Additionally gutters that are not maintained will lead to soil erosion as water will beat down the soil and wash it away. When the gutters are clean, the water will drain away from the landscape and away from manicured plants and landscape beds.
Roof Lifespan and Leaks
During cold winter months, snow and ice will build up on the roof and will need to drain away once thawing occurs. Clogged gutters can potentially trap ice and cause a buildup on the roof. Excessive buildup will add weight to the roof and can cause extensive damage. Additionally, clogged gutters will not allow the melted snow and ice to drain away. Keeping the gutters clear will improve the lifespan of the roof and prevent leaks.
If it’s time to clean your gutters, contact us to schedule an appointment.