Preventing gutter problems is measured in pennies, fixing gutter damage is measured in dollars. Preventing damage whether it is your business or your home may not be on the top of your list of fall maintenance but it should be.
Fall is the perfect time to think about gutters, since leaves dropping from trees are a main cause of clogging. Unfortunately gutters and downspouts can be blocked by other things, too, including pine needles, twigs, “helicopter” maple seeds and (if your have kids) tennis balls.
How often should they be cleaned? Experts recommend checking your gutter system at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall after trees have shed most of their leaves and needles. If your property is populated by many trees that hang over the building your may need to clean the gutters every few months. For gutters that are blocked by screens or a professional gutter protection once a year may be appropriate.
What is the potential damage of clogged gutters? Clogged downspouts and gutters cause water to overflow the gutter, which can damage fascia or soffit boards. This can erode landscaping, or cause a roof leaking. This, in turn may create additional exterior or interior damage. Clogged gutters can also be related to pest and rodent infestation.
A professional gutter cleaning company can remove all leaves and other material from the roof, gutters and downspouts, as well as a check of overall gutter condition and repair of any loose gutter spikes.
Most of us lead very busy lives juggling work, family and friends. Gutters are pretty much the last thing on our minds, right? While gutters may rank close to last on the priority list they should be maintained for the safety of your house or business. Fact is, the gutters on your home or business serve a critical service and without regular cleaning there may be problems down the road. Most homeowners don’t really think about them until a problem occurs. Here are some of the events that make cleaning and maintaining your gutters so important.
- Leaking basements or cracked foundations – Clogged, dirty gutters are the number one cause of basement water problems. Roof water overflows and accumulates around the foundation. If this happens, basement leaks may weaken the footings and cause cracks not to mention water problems.
- Wood deterioration – The debris that builds up in gutters can hold moisture against the boards of the house/business. That moisture can cause rotten wood and a very expensive fix.
- A haven for critters – Debris that builds up can be a welcome home for birds and small critters looking for a warm dry place to live. Unfortunately these little critters can cause more damage. Termites have also been known to find haven in rotting wood along the trim of gutters.
A professional gutter cleaning in the spring and fall can save you and your business a lot of problems from happening later. A little upkeep goes a long way when it comes to gutters. Keeping the system clean not only looks good, but is also going to save you time and money in the future!