When you become a homeowner, you’re suddenly responsible for more than just the mortgage. You now have a lawn to mow, siding to maintain, windows to clean, and gutters to clear. Many homeowners need to realize why it is essential to clean their gutters. Despite the lack of knowledge, problems can arise. Know why you should clean your gutters, and you may be more inclined to do so.
Various debris can become cause blocked gutters. Leaves, twigs and branches, dirt, and moss are just a few potential items that can create problems for you. It is also possible for gutters to act as a space for plants to grow. By ensuring that your gutters are clear of this and other debris, you can be sure that rainwater is draining correctly.
If you fail to remove debris from your gutters, moss can grow and cause real issues. Any area where it is damp and shaded is a potential location for moss. Although moss can be beautiful in its vibrant green state, it can be the source of roof problems.
Moss is much like a sponge, soaking up water and moisture. Unfortunately, wet moss that reaches your roof will not give tiles the space or ability to dry. Wet tiles make your roof more susceptible to wood rot and mold. Moss also attracts birds and other animals, which causes further damage.
Prevent moss growth, and you’re also preventing potentially severe damage to your home.
Blocked gutters cause more property damage than roof issues stemming from moss. When water remains stagnant in your gutters because of a blockage, water can spill over into windows, walls, ceilings, insulation and even go as far as causing foundation concerns.
With so much water spilling over your house, it can quickly become a home to mold and other growths. It also causes the ground around your home to puddle and flood, destroying your landscaping and basement. To avoid significant (and minor) property damage, clean your gutters.
You may have put off cleaning your gutters because the job seems so difficult. If you’ve never cleaned your gutters or it has been several years, there may be a lot to clear out. While this can be a complex and intense job, cleaning your gutters more frequently makes the work far more manageable.
Most professionals recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year. By cleaning your gutters after the snow has melted and before it starts again in winter, you can ensure that your gutters are working efficiently.
Cleaning your gutters does not have to be a homeowner’s job. While a homeowner can complete the task, professionals can clean your gutters faster. Anderson Insulation provides the necessary tools and knowledge to make your gutters appear new. Consider our experienced team for your next gutter cleaning job.