Why You Should Clean Your Gutters

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, meaning autumn is right around the corner, and leaves will soon be falling from trees. While gutters are designed to collect precipitation, they are also annoyingly good at collecting leaves. Leaves and other falling debris will clog gutters, preventing them from functioning properly. Left untreated, clogged gutters can increase the chances of your home experiencing water damage. Aside from water damage, there are a few other reasons why you should be sure to clean your gutters this fall:

Pests

Gutters are a popular breeding ground for rats, mosquitos, ants and other insects. While all of the aforementioned pests may seem harmless, faulty gutters could lead to them finding their way into your home. To avoid these unwanted intruders, clean your gutters on a regular basis.

Overclogged = Overweight

The longer that you leave your gutters clogged, the more likely they are to collapse. Before you experience such a disaster, clean out your gutters completely and have your local roofer ensure they are structurally sound.

Ice Dams

Although ice dams are not an immediate issue during fall, leaving your gutters clogged can lead to the potential of ice dams come wintertime. Clogged gutters cause melting ice water to find its way into your home if there is nowhere else for it to go.

Property Value

Damaged gutters can have a negative impact on your home’s value, which is especially important if you are looking to sell in the near future. Broken gutters are also unsightly and can generate dirty looks from your neighbors.

This fall, if you are looking to spend more time watching football and carving pumpkins than cleaning your gutters, please give us a call today!

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