If you are a homeowner, cleaning your gutters regularly needs to be up there on your home maintenance list. Gutters help to channel water flow away from our homes. In return, this protects the home; its walls, and landscaping. However, only clean gutters can serve that function. Well-maintained gutters also add some aesthetic value to your home. We cannot say the same for dirty gutters. It’s even worse when they are clogged because this can lead to structural damage.
Here is a list of reasons why cleaning your gutter is essential:
When gutters are clogged, rainwater has nowhere to go. The overflowing rainwater can leave a leaky or damaged roof in its wake over time. Damages can result in average to expensive repair costs. In the worst cases, an overhaul of the entire roofing system is possible.
Gutters clogged with leaves, sticks, and debris are dream locations for rodents, insects, and some birds. Leaving your gutter cluttered with them makes a habitable home for these pests, some of which are disease-causing. That creates a double threat of; a pest infestation or disease outbreak. Anyone would rather avoid either, and cleaning your gutters is one way to do that.
When water cannot find its way through clogged gutters, its going to spill over and pool around the foundation. When water sits around the foundation of the house, it can cause damage. During winter, water in the foundation can expand and freeze, leading to foundation cracks. Of course, this puts the integrity of the whole structure at risk.
Rainwater overflow from clogged gutters has the potential to cause grave damage to the home. And this applies to both the exterior and interior. A damaged roof will need repairs, and the same goes for a cracked foundation. Cleaning your gutters regularly reduces the chances of incurring these costs.
Homes with damaged gutters never turn out the best in pictures. Aesthetics affect home valuation, and cleaning your gutter is essential if you want better value. Moreover, damage to the home is another thing you avoid when you clean your gutters regularly. And most importantly, it preserves the home value.
If you need assistance cleaning your home’s gutter system, our team at Oceanside Exteriors is ready to assist! You can reach out to our team today by calling us at (207) 310-7659 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to assisting you!