Cleaning your gutters may seem like mundane task, something that could easily be forgotten. On the contrary, gutter cleaning is actually some of the most important work you can have done for your home. It is imperative to keeping your home safe in heavy rain fail, shielding both the integrity of your roof and your basement, from the possibility of flooding. In addition, your house is more secure from pests and moss growth is halted. Your home will be better protected and will have a much-improved appearance in the process.
Water Damage and Flooding
The purpose of your gutters is to bring water away from your home, and its foundations, during strong rain. When they become blocked with debris and moss growth, they begin to lose their functionality, meaning they cannot successfully pass water in the way that they should. This leaves your home at risk of being damaged by the excess water at its foundation, which can completely ruin the integrity of your home. When not carried away, this also means the water could just as easily drain into your basement, causing even further structural damage and the damage to your property once inside. Moreover, a clogged drain can quickly allow your roof to build with excess water and leaves you prone to roof, and subsequently ceiling, damage. By keeping your gutters clear and maintained, you protect your home from a host of potential structural problems.
When settling in your home, pests identify places which are well covered, with significant debris. An unkept gutter is therefore the ideal home for rats, mice, birds and insects; none of which you want finding a way into your home. These animals can cause you harm in one of two ways. Firstly, as they establish themselves and begin to breed, they may look to move and expand, which could mean them tunnelling and boring their way into your home. This could threaten the structure whilst you have the added problem of their indoor presence. This is threatening further as they could also be carrying a many number of diseases, harmful to you and your family. Keeping your gutters clear means that there are no encouraging spaces for pests to dwell.
Having your gutters clear for debris can be very beneficial, especially in the winter time. When a gutter is blocked and has collected significant water, in cold temperatures, we see it turn to ice. The ice is easily trapped by leaves and sticks and other blockages and begins to increase when left untouched. This can create a lot of extra weight inside your gutters, pulling down on your roof. The excessive weight could, at a moment’s notice, be overly stressful and cause your roof material to give in and collapse. This would be an awful thing to happen in the winter, so by maintaining a free and open gutter, you protect your home and family from structural damage.
Finally, by keeping your gutters clean you imply an overall more aesthetically pleasing image. Moss growth cannot establish itself and there will not be an abundance of debris building up on your roof. A clean gutter is a big step towards a roof, and subsequently home, with better curb appeal. We also offer concrete and sealing cleaning service.