Clean Gutters for a Clean House: The Importance of Gutter Maintenance
Just like a roof and siding, gutters are an important part of any home. Not only do they play a crucial role in keeping your roof healthy, they protect the foundation of your house by steering water away from it. If you don’t redirect water, it can buildup and erode the soil around your foundation or leak into a basement or crawlspace. Routine cleaning and maintenance can save you from potentially expensive repairs down the road.
What Damage Can Occur?
The biggest problem that can come from neglected gutters is water damage. When gutters are full of debris, the water has nowhere to go but over the edge of the gutter and onto your home. This can lead to leaks in your roof, attic, walls, and even your foundation. In extreme cases, it can even cause mold, mildew, or fungal wood rot.
Another problem that can come from dirty gutters is pests. When gutters are full of leaves and other organic debris, they provide the perfect breeding ground for insects. These pests can then make their way into your home where they can cause all sorts of problems.
DIY Gutter Maintenance
Fortunately, cleaning and maintaining your gutters is relatively simple. Be proactive and check your downspout during and after every rainfall to ensure the base of the system isn’t clogged and water is freely flowing. (Pine needles, leaves, and other debris from your gutter can easily collect in bends and elbows of the downspout pipe and create a backup.)
You should aim to clean out the gutter itself at least once a year, and more often if you live in an area with a lot of trees. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can always hire a professional.
Some tips for keeping your gutters clean:
- Use a ladder stabilizer to help prevent falls. (We recommend you always have a buddy on the ground when using a ladder.)
- Wear gloves to protect your hands from debris and dirt.
- Use a small shovel or trowel to scoop out leaves and other debris.
- Rinse the gutters with water after you’ve removed the debris.
- Check for any cracks or holes and repair as needed.
When Is It Time To Replace The Gutter?
One way to tell if it’s time to replace your gutters is to check for damage. If you notice any cracks or holes, it’s probably time to invest in a new set of gutters. You should also inspect your gutters regularly for signs of wear and tear, and replace them if they start to show signs of age. Gutters should last anywhere from 5 to 10 years, depending on how well they’re maintained.
By taking the time to clean and maintain your gutters, you can avoid costly damages and keep your home in tip-top shape. So don’t wait – get out there and clean those gutters! Your home will thank you.
If it is time for new gutters or you want a professional opinion, call us at WNY Company at 716-776-7663 for your free quote.