With all the activities and home maintenance chores that come with spring, it’s easy to forget (or put off) cleaning your gutters. Don’t ignore this important task! By not checking for damage and clearing out the dirt and debris that has collected in the gutters since the last cleaning, you could be in for roofing, siding and even foundation issues in the near future.
The sole function of a gutter and downspout system is to protect your home from water damage by channeling water that drains off the roof and depositing it safely away from the house. However, when this system is compromised by clogs or other issues, water can back up and penetrate the roof, soffit, fascia and siding. Eventually this can cause rot and damage to both the exterior and interior.
Gutter experts know that regular inspection and maintenance by a professional will reduce the need for repair and replacement of a gutter system. Gutter Helmet® installers frequently encounter problems that are hidden from the view of homeowners. Because you cannot see the inside of the gutter from the ground, it’s essential to either do the work yourself or call on a trusted contractor to tackle built-up debris before the damage can happen.
A simple way to check the performance of gutters is to observe the water flow on a rainy day. If water is running over the edges of the gutter or not emptying freely from the downspouts, there is blockage in the gutters and/or downspouts that must be removed.
To solve periodic gutter cleaning tasks, we highly recommend Gutter Helmet®. After Gutter Helmet® metal gutter guards are installed on your home, it’s OK to forget spring gutter cleaning because you’ll never have to do it again! For more than 30 years, this gutter cover has protected homes from the damage that can result from clogged gutters. Call us for a free gutter protection quote, without any obligation.