While your home’s gutters perform an important role in protecting your home when it rains, it is easy to forget to perform the proper maintenance on them. However, it is vital to clean your home’s gutters at least once a year (if not more frequently during periods of heavy wind and rain) in order to protect your home from potential water damage. If your gutters are an area of your home that tends to get neglected, here are just a few of the reasons why gutter cleaning is so important.
Prevent Roof Damage
One of the primary reasons why it is so important to keep your gutters clean is that when leaves and other debris clog up your gutters, rain cannot properly drain off of your roof. Your clogged gutters will begin overflowing, which can result in water damage and rot on your roof and fascia boards.
Keep Pests Out
Clogged gutters can not only cause your roof to rot, but also, the leaves and debris clogging your gutters makes an appealing home for birds, mosquitoes, rats, and other critters. These pests will nest in your gutters, and may eventually invade your home. Keeping your gutters clean is then an important step in keeping your home pest free.
Prevent Foundation Damage
When your clogged gutters overflow, this can also lead to foundation damage in your home. Instead of being directed away from your home by your gutters, rainwater will collect near, and seep under, your home’s foundation, which can cause costly foundation damage over time.
Regularly cleaning your home’s gutters is vital in ensuring water is safely directed away from your home when it rains. However, cleaning your gutters can be a messy, and even dangerous, task, as thousands of people are sent to the hospital each year after falling off of ladders. This makes it a good idea to consider having your home’s gutters professionally cleaned annually. Contact us to learn more about gutter cleaning and how often you should consider having your gutters cleaned.