Cleaning Your Gutters Before They Clean Out Your WalletCleaning your gutters doesn’t have to be a painful job, or one you outsource to an expensive contractor. It used to be a chore I ignored, but after realizing the costly damages that can occur, I’ve made sure to pencil in my biannual cleanings. If you’re looking for a quick method that you can do yourself without stealing your weekend, read on!
Why You Need to Clean Your GuttersWould you like to spend thousands of dollars in repairs? I didn’t think so. Cleaning your gutters is a preventative measure. When neglected, here are some possible outcomes that have devastating effects, and can be easily avoided.
- Leaking basements – Most gutters drain towards the bottom exterior of a home. If they are not cleaned, excess water will collect around your basement and leak in. This is extremely hazardous, as it can lead to gas leaks, electrical problems and mold.
- Leaking Roofs – When your gutter cannot effectively maintain the water runoff from your roof, any spillage that does not properly drain will accumulate and cause damage. During winter months, the gutter will fill with ice and invite snow build-up on the roof that will eventually harm the shingles.
- Foundation cracks – More prone to occur during winter months, water buildup can result in wall cracks and cracks in your foundation itself.
- Rotted wood – If gutters are blocked and cannot properly drain, water will accumulate and seep into your home. Over time, your wood foundation will rot, compromising the structural integrity of your house.
- Infestations of animals and wood eating insects – bugs and other critters love moisture, and would be happy to set up camp in your wet gutters. Carpenter ants, earwigs, mosquitoes, roaches and other creepy crawlers will eventually invite their brothers, sisters, friends and extended family for an infestation party.