4 Reasons to Clean Out the Gutters on Your Home
December 23, 2018
You may not spend a whole lot of time thinking about the gutters on your home. But that doesn’t mean that they will automatically stay free from leaves and other debris. If you don’t take steps to maintain them, you and your home could end up having to deal with some big problems. Here are four reasons why you should make sure that your gutters stay clean.
- Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home. The gutters and downspouts on your home are there to keep water away from your roof, walls, and foundation. If they end up getting filled with leaves, pine needles, twigs, and others unwanted debris, then they can’t do their job. If your gutters are plugged up, then that could cause water to back up onto your roof and eventually seep into it, doing damage. Similarly, your foundation will suffer if your downspouts aren’t clear, as water may pool right next to your house instead of being directed away from it.
- Your landscaping and your garden might suffer. If your gutters aren’t letting water flow freely, then this water might end up surging out at a corner like a waterfall–especially during a downpour. Any plants or bushes that happen to be located in the spot where that heavy stream of water comes crashing down probably won’t escape unscathed.
- Lots of pests will make a home in your gutters. Blocked gutters will eventually attract insects and maybe worse. You could end up with rodents or even nesting birds in them. Creatures like these could carry diseases, and now they’re right next to your house! If left unchecked, they may eventually find their way indoors. Add to this the buildup of mold and other fungi, and you have a real mess.
- It could all come crashing down. All of the debris, left unchecked, is eventually going to weigh down your gutters. Worse, if you live in a place where temperatures regularly drop below freezing, you could end up with an ice dam. Ice dams occur when water that can’t escape from your gutter freezes and adds to the general blockage. In addition to increasing the possibility of water damage to your home, ice dams may also make your gutters so heavy that they pull away from where they’re attached and crash to the ground. Then you’re stuck with a bill to replace your gutters and maybe even parts of your siding as well.
Think of your home like it’s your castle. Recognize that every part of it needs some TLC. Treat your gutters well, and they will help protect your house in return.