Gutters do an important job and are often forgotten, directing water away from the foundation of your house. If your gutters are clogged with debris or not in proper shape, however, they may not function properly. Regular maintenance may help keep your gutters functioning properly, prevent water damage and keep your home looking nice.
Why Do we suggest cleaning your gutters?
Clogged gutters could wreak havoc and cause all kinds of issues with your home. Here are a few common examples:
Water damage: Properly functioning gutters and downspouts direct water away from the structure of your home, says the Insurance Information Institute (III). Clogged gutters and downspouts may potentially cause water to collect around your foundation and as a result, get into your basement.
Loosened gutters-According to BobVila.com, the weight of water, twigs and other debris could loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from their attachments. This may lead to your siding and trim rotting and further damage to your home.
Ice dams📌If you live in an area where freezing temperatures are a common occurrence during winter, your clogged gutters may cause ice dams. An ice dam is when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter and then freezes, 🆘potentially forcing water into your home. Ice dams can also become so heavy they may rip the gutter right off your home, resulting in costly repair bills, says BobVila.com.
Vermin -Clogged, damp gutters may also be an inviting home to carpenter ants, mosquitoes and even rodents, says PestWorld.org And if these pests are living in your gutters, there’s a chance they might make their way into your home.