Gutters on homes are long, narrow tubes used to reroute rain that falls on the roof of a home or building. The gutters funnel the water to the downspout on the ground where it is directed away from the foundation of the home.
Five Steps to Gutter Cleaning
Step 1 is to have all leaves, acorns, sticks and any other debris removed from the roof. A lot of the time this debris gets caught in the valleys of a roof or behind chimneys. The use of extension poles and powerful blowers will be used to remove it.
Step 2 is to remove heavy debris from the gutters, by hand, and placing it in buckets.
Step 3 is to use high powered handheld blowers or a garden hose to flush the gutters. This needs to be done along with hand removal because it will not be adequately done as smaller particles are harder to pick up. Special care will be taken not to stain the exterior of the gutter.
Step 4 is to test each downspout to ensure it is clear. If a downspout is blocked, it will be snaked to clear it or flushed with a garden hose. The elbow may need to be disassembled to unclog blockages if necessary.
Step 5 is to remove all debris from the property and to leave the gutters spotless.
Problems with Having Clogged Gutters & Downspouts
During the winter, significant damage due to frozen gutters, burst pipes and other weather related disasters. Clean gutters will allow rain to flow freely. Basement water damage can occur with clogged or uncovered gutter systems. Water will build up on the sides of your home and can permeate the foundation or ground around it. This can lead to mold growth as the water seeps in. Mold is unsightly and ugly to look at and can be a serious hazard to your health. Overflowing water in gutters will hit the fascia boards and siding on the way down, causing unsightly water stains and possible mold growth in the side of your house. Overflowing water will also damage the lower parts of the siding when the water hits the ground and splashes back on the house. Clogged gutters can lead to icy, unsafe walkways in the winter. When the water overflows it will cause puddles as it has nowhere to go. These puddles will freeze and cause serious issues like slip and falls. As water seeps into the attic, siding and foundation due to clogged gutters, it will dampen the wood on the roof, siding, soffits, or sheathing and make them weak. Clogged gutters can cause gutters to become damaged, hang or break and this has an unpleasant appearance and can lower the value of your home. Don’t let something as small as making sure your gutters are clear of blockages ruin the value of your home.
Gutter Cleaning & Repair in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove & Griffin Georgia
Gutter maintenance is easy. Have your gutters inspected, cleaned and repaired if necessary twice a year. A spring and fall cleaning will save you from having to pay more for a new gutter system. Call Big Moose Pressure Cleaning to maintain your gutters.