May 28

Why It’s Important To Clean Your Gutters & Downspouts

Ahhh cleaning the gutters, is there any chore homeowners tend to avoid more often? The gutters are one of those chores that get missed and put off, over and over again.

And what’s the big deal you ask?

You may not think about the importance of clean gutters much, nor the consequences of letting them get clogged up.

Gutters are designed to take water safely away from your home, but when they get clogged with sticks, leaves, and other debris, the accumulation of water can lead to serious and expensive damages to your home.

From rotting wood to damaged gutters, fascia, and soffits, to structural and foundational issues, a simple clogged gutter can cause a surprisingly large amount of damage to your home.

 

Reasons Why You Need Clean Gutters

 

Clean Gutters Prevent Water Damage

When leaves and debris block your gutters and downspouts, water is unable to drain properly. Water can then easily overflow and damage both the interior and exterior of your home.

Winnipeg residents know that the harsh and inconsistent weather conditions may it difficult to clean the gutters and downspouts as often as they should. That’s why they trust professional gutter cleaning, repairs, and maintenance services to do the job right.

 

Protection For Your Roof

Accumulating and stagnant water leads to wood rot which can jeopardize the integrity of your roof. If this happens, you may require costly and disruptive roof repairs to fix structural issues and restore both safety and aesthetics to your roof.

Clean gutters also help prevent the formation of ice dams, which are large blocks of ice that can form at the edge of your roofline and severely damage your roof, and other home exterior structures.

 

Control Pests

No one wants pests around their homes. But if your gutters are constantly clogged or damaged, pests both big and small may choose to make their homes in or around your home.

Birds love to make nests with the dead leaves and twigs that clog your gutters. Mice and rats love the damp conditions that a clogged gutter creates. They may also find themselves coming inside if water damage has created even the smallest opening for them to squeeze through. And last but not least, those pesky mosquitos and other insects love laying their eggs in stagnant water.

These pests aren’t just a nuisance, they harbor dangerous bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can harm you and your family. Don’t want this to happen? Make sure your gutters are cleaned and repaired regularly!

 

Saves You Money

What’s the best way to avoid unexpected and costly home repairs? That’s right, prevention!

By having your gutters and downspouts cleaned, inspected, and repaired regularly, you’ll avoid the damages that lead to needing larger repairs or replacement of your gutters, roof, or foundation.

Just remember, it’s much easier and cheaper to clean and repair your gutters now than deal with water damage later.

 

Maintain Your Homes Foundation

Your gutters protect your home by funneling water safely away from your home. If water is overflowing and running down the side of your home, it may begin to pool in or around the foundation. This water build-up can result in foundational issues such as sinking or cracking when the water freezes in winter.

Leaking water around the foundation is also more likely to flood your basement and damage your belongings.

Why Hire A Professional To Clean Your Gutters?

Although gutter cleaning is a job that some homeowners choose to do themselves, it can be dangerous and risky. Falls from ladders are one of the most common home injuries, sending thousands of people to the hospital every year. It can also be tough to fully de-clog your gutters without a lot of hard work and special equipment.

A professional gutter cleaning service makes cleaning your gutters a breeze, and lets you spend more time doing the things you want with your hard-earned time. Professionals can reach up to gutters on multi-story houses and buildings and have the proper training, experience, and equipment to do the job safely and efficiently.

Has it been a while since you had your gutters cleaned, inspected, or repaired? Call the experts at Del’s Exteriors and let make sure your gutters aren’t putting your home at risk.


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