The gutters around the roof of your house are often not at the top of your cleaning list. They don’t need to be most of the time either. The problem with them going unnoticed is the fact that you can really end up paying for that neglect when you discover that there is a problem. Most of the time, that problem could have been completely avoided. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning would like to talk about why it is so important to have your gutters cleaned out.
Purpose of Gutters and Downspouts
When gutter and downspout systems are put on your home, their purpose is simple. During heavy rain and moisture, they guide the water away from your roof and foundation by allowing the water a path to run off. Your gutter system takes quite a bit of abuse from the elements, but is necessary to protect your home from water.
Damage Caused by Dirty Gutters & Downspouts; Standing Water, Overflow & Sagging
The problem with gutter systems, is they are out of sight and out of mind a lot of the time. You don’t want to wait until there are issues with your gutters before you give them the attention they need. When a gutter and downspout system isn’t working the way it should you run the risk of these after effects:
• Water and ice backing up under roof shingles.
• Damage to your soffits.
• Discolor and deterioration of your siding.
• Soil erosion around your home.
• Serious water damage to your foundation and basement.
Importance of Cleaning Gutters & Downspouts
The biggest reason you run into problems with your gutter and downspout system, is lack of maintenance. Because your gutter system is out in the elements, you have to plan on debris getting in the way of your gutters. This is especially true as seasons change. Along with gutter cleaning and removal of debris, gutters will need to be repaired at times to keep them maintained properly.
How to Keep Debris Out of Gutters
At your local hardware store, you can purchase covers or screens that are installed on the top of your gutters to help keep debris from piling up inside your gutter. If you have these screens installed, you will notice that a good amount of the debris that falls into your gutters will no longer be able to collect and cause problems. Just because you have screens on your gutters, doesn’t mean that you don’t have to inspect your gutters every now and then.
How Often Should Gutters and Downspouts be Cleaned?
Cleaning your gutters and downspouts isn’t something that needs to be done once a month. You should have them inspected and cleaned a couple times a year though. Late fall is a great time to have them inspected and cleaned as we get ready to head into the severe weather winter brings. Leaves and other debris will be falling in large quantities and are the leading causes in clogged gutters.
Professional Gutter Cleaning & Roofing Inspection, Installation, Replacement, Repair & Maintenance in McDonough, Barnesville, Fayetteville, Covington, Locust Grove & Griffin Georgia
With fall already here, don’t forget to have your gutter system cleaned in preparation for winter. Big Moose Pressure Cleaning offers gutter cleaning to get you ready for the added moisture that winter brings.