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Cleaning out gutters is one of the most commonly ignored and neglected maintenance chores around the home — out of sight, out of mind. However, if your gutters aren’t maintained and working properly, there is the possibility of major water damage occurring in your home.

When gutters are clogged, the weight of the debris causes them to detach from the side of the home leaving a perfect opening for water to get through. This can lead to damaged soffits and shingles, rotted wood fascias, and peeled paint. Leaking gutters are also the number one cause of water problems in basements. Excessive water damage could lead to cracks and shifts in the foundation of your home.

Not only this, but standing water and debris in your gutters is also the perfect breeding ground for insect and rodent infestations. The growth of mold, weeds or vine on the roof of your home is also possible. Your gutters’ main job is to help control the water around your home. They help prevent water damage inside your home while also keeping water clear in the surrounding areas protecting your landscaping, driveway, and sidewalks. Cleaning out your gutters regularly is the single most important key to avoiding expensive home repairs.

Many homeowners wait to get their gutters cleaned until they notice a problem, or so much debris has collected the gutter is tearing from the roof. Unfortunately, this is like waiting to lower your cholesterol until you have a heart attack. Make sure to schedule your gutter cleaning in the spring and fall each year.

 

Sam
Sam