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Why Do You Need to Clean Your Gutters?

Why Do You Need to Clean Your Gutters?

Is your mind on your gutters? More often than not, gutters on a home can get overlooked. People spend a large amount of attention on their lawns but tend to forget about their gutters. But ignoring your gutters can lead to some big problems.

Most people probably do not clean their gutters often enough. If you are waiting until your gutters are full of leaves or you are having to clean debris from them, you are waiting too long. Gutters need to be cleaned 2-3 times a year. There is no better time than fall to start.

Although fall leaves are beautiful, no one wants to see them overflowing from your gutter. Leaves, roof debris, twigs, and other materials can build up in your gutter and block the water flow. This can cause your gutters to overflow. When an overflow occurs water can leak onto on your fascia boards. The fascia boards are the horizontal boards at the end of your roof overhang. Moisture can also cause damage to the framing of your roof and sheathing. This in turn can lead to rotting and other types of water damage.

Other problems that can occur from a clogged gutter:

  • Leaks can create damage to the interior of your home.
  • Standing water can attract mosquitoes.
  • Debris in gutters can create nice home for pesky critters.
  • Mold can grow from water intrusion into your home.
  • Leaves in gutters can be a fire hazard.

If you choose to clean your gutter yourself, please do so safely. Make sure to have a stable ladder. Do not rest your ladder on the gutters because this can be dangerous. Be sure to wear safety goggles in case of falling debris. Hire a professional if you are not comfortable. Make sure that the company you hire is licensed and insured.

We hope you follow these tips to avoid these headaches from a clogged gutter. However, if you experience any damage to your home, ServiceMaster Restoration provides professional fire, water and mold restoration. If you need any assistance, please give us a call at (704) 324-8528. We respond quickly and are prepared to handle even the worst disaster!