If you’re stuck at home during the pandemic, take some time to check a couple things off your house to-do list. Gutter cleaning should be a priority. Here’s a guide for you why clean gutters are important.
Did you know gutters are the first line of defense against water damage to your roof? Read why it’s important to prevent clogged gutters.
Prevent Roof Damage
A new roof is a huge investment and you can expect it to last between 25-50 years with the right maintenance. If leaves and debris clog your gutters it can cause the water to spill over and leach into the roof and cause rotting. If you continue to overlook the damage it will decrease the lifespan of your roof and lead to many more expensive issues that will require professional repairs.
Deny Entry to the Pests
Clogged gutters are a great breeding ground for various pests which include the following:
Mosquitoes thrive in any kind of standing water. If the gutters are blocked the water will pool after a rain which is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Mice and other rodents can build nests in the gutters using the leaves, twigs and pine needles that have built up. Because of this your gutters will be the new home of the rodents as they look for shelter. These rodents can cause even more blockage and can lead to water damage. More importantly, if your home has a wooden roof or siding, the rodents can chew through it and at some point, have access to your home.
Birds often choose clogged gutters for a nesting site. It’s true that birds are not as destructive as rodents, but they can have their issues. Bird droppings can be troublesome for your homes siding but even worse, they can be hazardous to your health. Their nests can also damage the gutter system and reverse the efficiency of the drainage.
Inhibits Overwatering of Flower Beds
If the gutters are clogged the overabundance of trapped water will eventually spill onto your flowers, shrubs and lawn and oversaturate them. This will cause the need to re-soil and re-plant.
Prevents Damage to the Homes Foundation
When water can’t drain correctly through the gutters, water will start to pool and run towards your home’s foundation and cause damage. If the foundation is compromised so will the structural integrity of your home. Repairs to the foundation can be costly so maintaining your gutters is a cheaper way to maintain your foundation.
How Often Should Gutters be Cleaned
Now that you know how important clean gutters are for your roof and home, you probably want to know how often they should get cleaned. It’s recommended you clean your gutters once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have large trees that shed their leaves close to your home, then it should be done more often. Gutter cleaning is probably not at the top of your to do list, but you will avoid potential damage which can ultimately cost you a lot of money in the long run.
So that’s it! Now you know clogged gutters don’t need to be a problem if they are cleaned on a regular schedule. Do you need gutter help or have questions regarding your gutters? Call or contact a professional like Williams Roofing Company 831-758-2749.