Why You Should Clean Your Gutters

A gutter is usually installed on the roofs of homes to regulate the flow of rainwater. Gutters are an essential part of homes as they protect your home’s foundation, walls, and windows. Having your gutters cleaned can save you thousands of pounds by avoiding problems in the future.

Why cleaning your gutter is vital for your home

Roof damage

Normally, the rainwater should fall from the roof’s bottom into the gutter and down the downspout. But when the gutter is clogged with debris, rainwater gets accumulated in the gutter and at the bottom of the roof, which can cause cracks and leaks in the gutter as well as destroy the shingles on the roof.

This could lead to leaks in the ceiling and damage to the floor, and to fix a damaged ceiling or roof or floor can be very expensive.

Basement flooding

Many homes have dealt with basement due to low maintenance of their homes or natural calamities. Gutters clogged with debris are the most common cause of basement flooding. Rainwater that overflows from the gutter accumulates at the base of the house right above the basement. And over time, the water starts to seep through the foundation and finds its way into the basement. This destroys furniture, carpet, walls and leads to the growth of mold and mildew.

Damage to your foundation

The rainwater that seeps through your basement can also destroy the foundation of your home. Excess rainwater pooled at the bottom of the foundation can weaken your foundation. It can bring down the home’s value if you wish to sell or lease it in the future. Your home can also become unsafe to live in.

Pest problem

As is evident, where there is standing water, pest, rodents, and mosquitoes are sure to make a home out of it. This can cause diseases and additional costs for pest control. It is even worse if pest finds their way inside your homes.

Gutter damage

The most apparent reason to clean your gutter is the damage of the gutter itself; accumulated rainwater and debris can corrode the aluminum metal sheet of your gutter, causing it to break away, leaking and sagging in the gutter.