Why Cleaning Your Gutters is Essential
One of the most important things you can do for the health of your home this spring is clean your gutters. Your home’s gutters move water from your roof and away from the foundation of your home. If they become clogged or aren’t well maintained, they can cause serious damage to your house.
Clogged gutters are one of the top causes of water damage and flooding. When water isn’t able to drain properly from the gutters, it can overflow onto the roof and walls of your house. This can cause potential leaks and wood rot. Similarly, when water isn’t directed away from the foundation of the house, it can pool at the foundation’s base. Water can enter through the cracks of the foundation and cause flooding. Not only will this cause water damage, but can also result in mold growth over time.
When gutters are full of debris, they can get very heavy over time. The weight can be damaging not only to the gutters but to the structure of the house. Eventually, all the weight can start pulling the gutter away from your home and could even completely detach from your house. If this happens, your gutters may need to be completely replaced.
Debris in gutters can be attractive homes to various pests and animals. Mosquitoes, birds, mice, squirrels, and other various creatures have been known to nest in gutters.