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Five Reasons You Didn't Know Why You Should Get Your Gutters Cleaned

November 25, 2020

Gutter cleaning is one of those time-consuming, menial tasks that always gets pushed back to "next week." And then next week becomes next month, next month becomes next season, and next season becomes next year.

It's understandable why someone would want to put off gutter cleaning, as this type of chore involves a lot of climbing around on ladders and roofs. Not only is this chore hazardous, but it takes a lot of work, is time-consuming, and requires a fair amount of physical exertion. Plus, because you never see the inside of your gutters except when you're cleaning them, you don't get to visually enjoy the fruits of your labor!

However, cleaning gutters is a critical component of home and building maintenance. Here are five reasons why you absolutely must keep your gutters maintained:

 

Cleaning Gutters Prevents Water Damage

The purpose of gutters and downspouts is to divert water off the roof and away from the structure. However, when gutters become blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater will not drain off and away from the home properly. That can cause extremely expensive water damage on both the exterior and the interior of the building.

 

Protecting Your Roof with Clean Gutters

Clogged gutters inevitably trap water on the roof, as the water has nowhere to go when it cannot pass through the gutters. Water that cannot flow off a roof will begin to rot, damage, and otherwise weaken the roof, causing leaks and other costly problems. Once a roof starts leaking, this can cause expensive damage to the home's interior, and prized possessions could even be ruined as a result.

 

Removing Debris from Gutters Keeps Pests Away

Leaves, sticks, dirt, and seeds are just some of the debris that collect in gutters. Birds, rodents, and insects love clogged gutters and often create their nests within the gutters. That can eventually lead to birds, rodents, and insects making their way into the roof, attic, and interior rooms of the home or commercial building.

 

Properly Functioning Gutters Keeps Water Away from Your Home

Water should not be allowed to accumulate at the foundation of a home. If it does, it can leak into the crawlspace or basement of the house, causing damage, flooding interior spaces, creating the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, providing access points for rodents and other pests, etc.

 

Properly Maintained Gutters Saves Money

Hiring a contractor to keep gutters clean is a small price to pay when one considers the expensive damage caused by not maintaining gutters. Taking care of gutters properly helps minimise the risk of water damage to the roof, exterior of the home, interior, foundation, basement, crawlspace, etc.

 

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