Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape; but when neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Why You Should Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are designed to collect rainwater from the roof and carry it away from the foundation of the home through downspouts. Since both the gutters and downspouts need to be clear in order to carry out this task, having clogged gutters could cause an overflow of water.
If the water has nowhere to go, it will naturally fill up the gutter and eventually overflow onto the foundation of the home – and it won’t stop there! Depending on the amount of water and the condition of the foundation, water could seep into your basement or crawl space. Foundation repair alone could cost upward of $10,000, and if water leaks into your basement, your home could be at risk of mold.
Clogged gutters can also pose a weight strain on your roof and the fascia (the boards behind the gutters). If the gutters are too full, they could possibly collapse off the roof of your home, causing damage to the shingles of the roof and the exterior of the house.
How Often Your Gutters Should Be Cleaned
Your entire roof acts like a net, catching everything from rain to falling leaves, and it all has to pass through the gutters. Neglecting this important maintenance can result in clogged gutters, which can lead to water seeping into your home.
To keep things working properly, we recommend cleaning your gutters three times a year: summer, fall, and spring.
In August (or toward the end of summer, which sometimes happens as far out as September), blow all the small debris out of the gutters. Often times we’ll find sand and grit that comes from the sediment that’s naturally lost from a composite roof. It’s important to clear things out before fall kicks into gear, when more debris falls from deciduous trees.
In the fall (anytime between October and January, depending on when the leaves turn), clean your gutters again to clear out debris from deciduous trees. This is important to get done before spring showers arrive.
With the spring rain comes more debris, so perform another cleaning in May or June before any summer storms pass through.
How you Can Get Your Gutters Cleaned
Here at Slicky’s Outdoor Services, we can provide an exceptional gutter cleaning service to fit your needs. Whether it be residential or commercial, get in contact with us to receive a free detailed quote on your next gutter cleaning endeavor. Give us a call at (218)262-9048, message us on Facebook, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.