GUTTER CLEANING

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 Most residential houses and commercial buildings are  designed to have gutters divert water away from the foundation and  gutter cleaning is an essential part of home and building maintenance.  Over time, gutters can fill up with pine straw, leaves, dirt and other  debris. Once they become clogged, they will not function properly.  Rather than diverting the water away from your home, clogged gutters  will actually flood, causing damaging water to seep into the eaves, and  walls of your home causing rot and possibly even foundation problems.  Moisture in a structure’s foundation leads to exterior cracks in the  brick and mortar, which can lead to extensive structural damage of your  property.

  • Standing water in gutters can seep into roofing edges and cause wood rot of the underlying roofing material.
  • Standing water in gutters can weigh down gutters and  cause damage to the gutters and to the areas where the gutters are  attached.
  • Standing water in gutters can cause rusting of the gutter material.
  • Water allowed to flow over clogged gutters can find it’s way onto house siding and cause eventual wood rot.
  • Water allowed to flow near the foundation can cause foundation damage.
  • Water allowed to flow near the perimeter of the home can cause damp, musty basements.
  • Water allowed to flow near the perimeter of the home can cause insect infestation due to high moisture accumulation.
  • Modern home insurance policies mandate gutter cleaning services as a routine part of your home maintenance plan.

In addition, excessive water can damage  sidewalks, driveways, interior floors and in extreme cases it could even  destroy your home.
 

As you can see, clean gutters are vitally important to the  long term health of your home. Gutters should be cleaned in the Spring  and late fall in most parts of the country. Depending on the number of  trees that surround your home, they may need to be cleaned 3-4 times per  year. Be sure you don't neglect having your gutters cleaned, and you'll  eliminate future problems before they can start.