Why Gutter Cleaning Is Important

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When it comes to the maintenance of the outside of your home, you should not overlook how important clean gutters are.  So many issues can arise from clogged gutters that could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs.

Leaking Roof

One of the dangers of clogged gutters is a leaky roof.  When water stays in the gutter too long, it can cause rust and the gutters themselves can slowly start to pull away from the home.  This allows cracks to start to form and pockets where water can leak into the structure of the home and begin to rot away wood.

Flooded Basement

Another danger of clogged gutters is a flooded basement.  When water on your roof does not flow through your downspouts and away from the home, it can collect around the foundation of your home.  When this happens, water can soften the soil around your home causing the foundation to shift.  When this happens, cracks can slowly start to form in your foundation and water can begin to seep in and flood your basement.

Harboring Insects

The last danger of clogged gutters we are going to discuss is the harboring of insects and rodents.  When your gutter is blocked and water sits for a long time, it provides shelter for mosquitos, cockroaches, flies, molds and other disease carrying insects.  Harboring these insects can pass disease and other dangers along to your family.

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

At minimum, your gutters should be cleaned early in the spring and late in the fall.   These cleanings will ensure your gutters don’t backup from debris falling in the winter and your gutters wont freeze with water in the winter.  We also recommend having your gutters cleaned after a big storm that may have blown leaves, twigs, branches and other debris around that can collect in your gutters.

Are Gutter Covers A Solution?

Gutter covers do help keep debris out of your gutters.  However, debris can still get through the gutter covers and cause backups.  If you have gutter covers, we still recommend having your gutters checked every spring and fall to make sure debris has not collected in them.

7 thoughts on “Why Gutter Cleaning Is Important

  1. The other day my husband and I noticed some leaves and debris build up on our roof, and we’re wondering if it may be time for us to clean out our gutters. Before reading this, I had no idea that gutters that aren’t functioning properly can cause a basement to flood. In my opinion, the best way to prevent damages like this is to do everything you can to prevent them, which definitely should include cleaning your gutters twice a year. I’ll be sure to share this with my husband!

  2. The new home that my fiance and I moved into has gutter covers on it, but they are not doing well to keep out debris. I was trying to look into a way to get the best care possible for them. It is nice to know that there is a gutter cleaning service that can solve this problem.

  3. It’s nice how you said that you should have your gutter repaired if it starts to leak. I also like how you said that they should be cleaned if there are bugs in there too. My husband and I are looking for a gutter cleaner because ours has cockroaches in it.

    1. Ewwww… cockroaches… I would get them cleaned sooner than later as cockroaches are known for their ability to spread.

  4. I really like what you said about harboring insects and how it may be time to clean the clogged gutters if these things are inside them. It would be a good idea then probably to have my gutters cleaned out before the fall hits and begins filling my gutters up even more so. Hopefully, I can find a good service soon that can help me with getting the gutters cleaned out nicely.

    1. Ask for your gutter cleaning company to provide you with some pictures of what they find. It could be very interesting.

  5. My wife and I are considering hiring someone to come out and clean our gutters. I just don’t have a ladder tall enough to safely clean gutters. Before I read this article, I didn’t know that it is a good idea to have gutters clean two times a year and after big storms.

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