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7 Reasons to Get Your Gutters Cleaned This Spring

gutters cleanedFor most people, spring cleaning is an opportunity to tackle projects that they normally don’t have time for during the rest of the year. Maybe you neglect these projects merely because they are difficult. Typically this involves indoor tasks such as organizing the pantry or scrubbing the basement floor. But your gutters are one spring cleaning necessity that you probably don’t think about as the weather turns warmer. Thankfully, you can get your gutters clean professionally. So you can rest easy knowing that you leave a tough task for you in the hands of experts who know how to do it. Discover seven reasons why you want to clean out your gutters this spring.

1. Protect your gutters

Gutters clog over time as fall leaves cover your roof and rain washes those leaves into your gutters. This can lead to serious issues.

Keeping your gutters intact

Winter and spring storms add branches, dirt, and other debris. This can create a heavy buildup that weighs down on your gutters. If your gutters fill up with enough debris, they can rip them off of the edges of your roof. That creates an expensive repair rather than a relatively cheap cleaning job. If you want your gutters to remain intact for the foreseeable future, take steps now to clean out the heavy debris and protect your gutters.

2. Prevent wood rot and mold

When gutters contain debris, they keep water from escaping properly. Instead, water follows the path of least resistance and seeps into the wood walls and roof of your home. This can cause several problems, including wood rot, which creates another costly repair or replacement job.

Keep safety in mind

In a worst-case scenario, the wood rot may lead to a safety hazard if anything caves into your house. Furthermore, water seepage can lead to the development of mold, which also requires a separate process to get rid of, and mold causes health issues if left untreated.

3. Keep out pests

Critters like to take refuge in clogged gutters. Unclean gutters lead to the development of large populations of vermin such as mosquitoes, wasps, ants, and even larger animals like squirrels and mice.

Take away their habitat

To stop this from happening, take out the habitat that they’re attracted to in gutters filled with debris.

4. Get rid of ice dams

Ice dams typically form during cold weather when water becomes trapped in gutters and freezes.

Let water escape

This creates a natural dam that further prevents water from escaping your roof area. This adds to the problems already created when gutters clog with leaves and debris. You should get rid of ice dams as soon as possible by fully cleaning out your gutters.

5. Preserve your paint job

In many cases, when water backs up due to blocked gutters, it starts to trickle down the sides of your home. Backed up water trickling causes damage to your paint job over time as the paint starts to flake away under the relentless stream of water.

Gutter cleaning protects your paint

Avoid having to repaint areas of your house later on by cleaning your gutters keeps the water running away from your home, as it should.

6. Avoid damage to your home

When your gutters get a blockage, the water in them can get backed up and pool on your roof instead. Water on your roof turns into leaks that, if left untreated, can cause collapses and severe damage to your home.

Think about structure and safety

This is not only a structural issue but also a safety issue. Further, this situation creates thousands of dollars in liability. Therefore, treating the problem before it arises is crucial. Cleaning your gutters is an investment that can save you a lot of money in repairs later on.

7. Help gutters function more efficiently

The purpose of gutters is to drain water away from your home, and particularly the roof. But if ice and debris block the gutters, they can’t perform this function efficiently or at all.

Cleaning out gets water away from impact areas

By cleaning out your gutters, you ensure that you get the water away from areas where it can impact your home, such as the basement or cellar area. When water pools around the foundations of a home, as it will do if the gutters are not working properly, it can seep into your basement area. This creates floods that damage the interior of your home. It can also seep into cracks in your foundation and expand when frozen. Freezing water in your foundation creates leading a potential instability and risks further down the road.

Contact a pro today to have your gutters cleaned for spring, so you have one less item on your growing to-do list.

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