If you are a house owner there probably came a time you asked yourself when the best time to clean your gutter was. Cleaning your gutter is very important to avoid the more costly option of repairing it. Your gutter will inevitably suffer major structural damages if it is left for a long time without being properly maintained or cleaned by yourself or professional gutter cleaning services.
When do I clean my gutters?
You will know it’s time to clean your gutters when you observe significant twig, dirt or debris build-up in your gutters. It is advisable that you should schedule a cleanup of your gutter at the end of every spring and fall season. This makes sure debris does not pile up putting too much weight on the gutter fasteners. This might lead them to pull away from the house.
How do I clean my Gutters?
Choosing how to clean your gutters depends on the layout of your home. Basically, all you will need is a strong and steady ladder, a pair of washing gloves and a hose. It should come as no surprise that cleaning your gutter can become a time-intensive project. You should, therefore, plan in advance.
How do I keep my gutter from getting clogged?
To reduce the chances of debris jamming up your downspouts and gutters you should consider installing gutter guards. While this might be might require a substantial sum of investment it will ultimately minimize the amounts you will spend on upkeep and maintenance. It is therefore advisable that you install gutter guards during your next gutter cleaning.
What damages can I expect from unmaintained gutters?
Damaging the foundation of your house
One of the primary functions of the gutter is to prevent water from eroding the soil around THE foundation of your house. If this occurs, it can result in an expensive foundation repair. Definitely, no one wants to incur these expensive costs, which can easily be prevented.
Gutters prevent water from landing at the base of your home. This water, if allowed to land at the base can easily flow into your basement. This can eventually lead to other problems like the growth of mold and mildew. Your walls can also be exposed to moisture and fungal growth.
If you have recently noticed mosquitos buzzing around your home, you should probably take a closer look at your gutters. Clogged gutters are the perfect breeding ground for mosquitos. Mosquitos breed in stagnant waters. Besides causing a nuisance through itchy bites mosquitos also spread disease like The West Nile Virus.
Cause destruction of driveways, sidewalks, and other finished surfaces
Clogged gutters allow water to land on and around these paved surfaces. This can lead to the soil around the paved areas being shifted or eroded. This will eventually lead you to spend extra on repairs of these paved areas.
To avoid the extra costs that will arise due to the destruction caused by clogged gutters and downspouts you should make sure that you clean the gutters regularly.
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