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!