While spending a Sunday afternoon cleaning gutters is very few people’s idea of a good time, it’s essential to maintaining your home. Allowing your gutters to become clogged will cause serious damage to your property over time, potentially costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Here’s why it’s important to clean your gutters on a regular basis:
Keep pests away
Clogged gutters attract unwanted pests, including rodents and birds that make their nests among the leaves, as well as mosquitoes and flies that breed in standing water. At best, the pests are a nuisance, but at worst they could put you and your family at risk for West Nile and other illnesses.
If your gutters are too full to effectively channel water, the water will drip down the side of your house, causing your siding to rot and become stained. This issue can also cause your roof to rot, making expensive repairs necessary.
Avoid foundation cracks
Water that overflows from your gutters and pools around your home’s foundation can cause the foundation to crack. You could wind up with mold or rot in your basement, and your entire foundation could become unsteady.
Although it is certainly possible to clean your own gutters, it can be dangerous. Falls from ladders cause many serious injuries each year. Save yourself the risk and the hassle and hire a pro!