Often times when you buy your house, you inspect everything inside the house to make sure it is all intact- except your gutters. Gutters get overfilled and packed with debris which can cause many problems: foundation issues, gutters overflowing, leaks into your home, and can even cause your gutters to fall from all the weight inside them; which is an expensive job! Depending on where you live and location of your home, we recommend to clean your gutters once or twice a year to prevent clogging, potential damage to your home, and to extend the life of your gutters. We use ladders with stabilizers that allow us to clean your gutters safely and without damaging them. Every foot of gutter is cleaned from debris and is placed in either a bag or bucket to keep your landscape clean of the muck that might be in there.
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They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. But when neglected, experts say, gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations. It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. Bob Vecchio, owner of The House Doctors in Cleveland, Ohio, recommends having gutters maintained in the spring and fall. You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says. Instead of every four to six months, you may only need to maintenance gutters with covers or screens every one to three years. The frequency of maintenance will depend on the quality of the cover and the type and quantity of trees in the yard, he says. Sometimes you need a professional to do so.
Insects love clogged gutters
Of the many maintenance tasks that homeowners dread, cleaning the gutters may be the least favorite of all. But like it or not, regular gutter cleaning is a must. When properly functioning, gutters perform a largely unseen but absolutely critical function: they direct rain water—the natural enemy of any home—away from the foundation, siding, and trim. Often, inadequate storm drainage leads to extensive, expensive damage in the form of leaks and flooding or such related issues as mold growth and pest infestations. If your house sits on a lot with lots of trees, it may be wise to do so even more frequently. So, how do you go about it? Well, there are plenty of ways to complete the job.
Homeownership comes with many wonderful perks. You can paint any part of your home any color you want! Your pets can run wild without any repercussions from a building manager. But there are some less enjoyable aspects of homeownership. If your toilet starts leaking or the back door handle breaks, it's up to you to solve the problem. One essential home maintenance duty is proper gutter cleaning. There are all sorts of issues that will result of your gutters haven't been properly looked after. Insects love the wet conditions of dirty and unkept gutters. If you aren't taking regular care of your gutters, they will fill with water, leaves, sticks, dirt and other debris. Creepy crawlies will swarm around these conditions and make their home in your gutter.