Although it might not be at the top of the list of things you think about as a homeowner, gutter cleaning is an integral part of maintaining your home. Many homeowners wait to have their gutters cleaned until they notice a problem or so much debris has collected the gutter is tearing from the roof – which is not ideal.
People don’t often stop to think of the problems that can arise from clogged gutters, but there are actually many. If water is not able to properly flow away from your house, then damage can result in a number of different locations, from your roofing to your foundation. There are a number of reasons to make sure you remember to have your gutters cleaned routinely. Here are just a few:
Avoid Basement Damage
Water that overflows from your gutters onto your home’s foundation can eventually wear down the foundation and begin leaking into your basement. This can lead to mold or mildew growth and will destroy paint, carpet, and any other furniture in the basement.
Keep Out Pests
Rodents and insects love sitting water and clogged gutters can be very appealing as a nesting site. If any number of critters decides to make your gutters their new home, you can believe they will find a way into your home through the gutter system. Proper gutter cleaning will eliminate the potential for a rodent or insect infestation.
Save Your Roof
If your gutters are clogged and rainwater begins to pool inside of them, the rainwater will also start to collect on the bottom of the roof. This can damage roof shingles and lead to cracks which can eventually turn into leaks in your home’s ceiling.
Protect Your Landscape
If your gutters become clogged to the point that water is spilling over the side and into your garden beds, you can damage your plants’ health by essentially drowning them. Over-watering can be as harmful as not watering enough.
It is in your best interest to have gutter cleaning scheduled in the spring and fall each year. A DIY gutter cleaning is not recommended as serious injuries can occur due to the heights involved. At Roofline Gutters, we have decades of experience cleaning gutters for residents in Greenville and Spartanburg, SC. Contact us today for a free estimate.