The Importance of Clean Gutters
Burke Roofs had a very busy winter removing ice dams for consumers throughout the Greater Boston area. Aside from preventing ice dams, there are several important reasons why you should be sure to clean your gutters at least once a year. Here are just a few reasons:
Water Damage Prevention
First and foremost, making sure your gutters are free from leaves, tree limbs, and other debris allows precipitation to properly flow through the gutters and away from your home. Conversely, clogged gutters cause water to to pile up near the foundation of your home, which is a perfect recipe for water damage in your basement. Further, the foundation is among the most important parts of your home, and if it suffers damage, your home could experience serious structural issues in the future.
As if water damage is not costly enough for homeowners, if it is left untreated, water damage can cause mold damage. Mold damage not only can cost homeowners hundreds to thousands of dollars in damage, but often triggers allergies and other health issues for loved ones.
Another reason why you should be sure to clean your gutters regularly is that clogged gutters are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. Water, in combination with leaves, twigs and branches also invites birds, mice and other pests to make your gutters your home. These unwanted visitors can become a bigger problem if they find their way into your home.
The moisture that pools at the base of your foundation can cause the wood structure to rot, costing you money in repair and replacement costs.
Sidewalks and Driveways
Finally, the water runoff caused by clogged gutters can also cause driveways to sag and sidewalks to crack. Uneven surfaces can become issues for both your automobile and the safety of your family and friends.
For more information on our gutter cleaning and repair services, please contact Burke Roofs today. A family owned and operated company since 1941, we offer free estimates, and are fully licensed and insured.