Why Is Gutter Cleaning So Important?
Cleaning your gutters is one of the most important projects on the to-do list, yet it’s too often overlooked. Unfortunately, many of us wait until late into the fall season when the very last leaf falls before we decide to get it done. This delay exposes our homes to potential damage. Plus, it makes the job a lot more difficult to do.
The problem with clogged gutters is more than just those annoying waterfalls that pour off of the roof on rainy days or the pretty icicles that hang around in the winter. This excess water wreaks havoc on the integrity of your home’s structure. The gutter system of a house is designed to move water down from the roof and away from the home and its foundation for proper drainage. Water that gets dammed up in the gutters finds the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. This often means it works right into the walls and ceilings of your house.
The first and most obvious issue with gutters filled to the brim with leaves, twigs, and other debris is simply a weight problem. When that debris gets wet, it absorbs the rain water like a sponge and becomes extremely heavy. This burden puts stress on the gutters and their hanging brackets and can pull the gutters off the house. Falling gutters are costly enough to replace on their own, not to mention any lights or windows they smash as they come crashing down.
Overflowing water from gutters can also damage the paint and siding on a home, but unsightly water marks down the side of the house pale in comparison with what happens if the water gets inside of a wall. Wet wood rots and loses its integrity. This can go unseen behind the siding until it’s too late.
Ice-damming is another major issue with clogged gutters. Blocked water can freeze when it backs up in the gutters, pushing up against the roof structure and working its way under the shingles, destroying wood and causing even more leaks.
Even flooded basements and cracking foundations can be symptoms of clogged gutters. If water isn’t drained away from the house and it pools around the foundation, it will expand when frozen and cause cracks which lead to floods in your basement or crawl space.
If you think you might have gutter issues, please give Ellis Carpet & Chimney Cleaning a call today! Our gutter cleaning team will assess what needs to be done and quickly fix any problems.