Gutters are an integral part of a home because they direct water away from the home. However, if the gutters are clogged with debris then they cannot do their job and thus might cause damage to the home.
What Damage can Clogged Gutters Cause?
Water Damage – While properly working gutters direct water away from the home, if they become clogged water can spill out of the gutter and pool around the foundation of the home causing water damage.
Loosened Gutters – The weight of water and debris in the gutters can cause the gutters to loosen and pull away from the home. This may lead to water damage as well as damages to the siding and trim of the home.
Ice Dams – If a home is located in an area where freezing temperatures are common during the winter months then clogged gutters can also cause ice dams. Ice dams can force water into the home and may cause the gutters to rip away from the home.
Vermin – Clogged gutters with damp debris in them are an open invitation to pests. Carpenter ants, mosquitos, and rodents will find this environment inviting and if they’re in the gutters then they may find their way into the home.
How Often Should Gutters be Cleaned?
It is recommended that gutters be cleaned twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. However, it may also be a good idea to check them sporadically throughout the year. However, if a home is in a particular sort of region here are tips to follow:
Desert – Dry, Hot, dry desert, or areas with no foliage or plants near the home may only need to clean the gutters once a year.
Woods – If the home is surrounded by trees the gutters may need to be cleaned three or four times a year.
Snow and Ice – If the homeowner notices snow dams on the roof, they should call a professional to come and remove them with the correct equipment and experience.
DIY Gutter Cleaning
It is always the safest option to call a professional to clean the gutters. Professionals will not only clean your gutters correctly but may also check and repair any misalignments, leaks, or damages. However, some homeowners prefer to do the job themselves. If a homeowner cleans the gutters themselves, they should have the following to safely complete the job:
Gloves, dust mask, safety goggles, ladder and a spotter, garden trowel, and a bucket.
Homeowners should be aware that debris can be stuck and make take effort to remove. Homeowner’s should take extra care not to damage their gutters. After the debris is removed, a gardening hose can be used to wash out the dirt.
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