Keeping your gutters clean isn’t the most fun project but it’s still important. Dirt and debris can build up inside gutters over time and cause serious problems.
In this post, we’ll go over the advantages of keeping your gutters clean.
1. Avoid damage to your roof
When gutters become clogged up with leaves and other debris, it can flood over and cause rot on your roofing. The rot will gradually erode your roof, and this problem can be expensive to fix. It’s much better to nip the issue in the bud by ensuring your gutters don’t get clogged up in the first place.
2. Avoid damage to the foundation of the building
Clogged gutters can damage a building’s foundations too. When water spills over the side of a clogged gutter, it can seep into the foundation of the building, where it can end up freezing. Water expands when frozen, which can cause cracks in the building’s foundation.
3. Avoid damage to the gutters themselves
Clogged gutters have to hold a lot of weight – more weight than they’re supposed to. Not only is there the leaves and other debris, but there’s also the weight of the water that can’t go anywhere. The weight of all this stuff can damage the brackets holding the gutters to the wall, and in some cases, gutters even break or fall down.
4. Keep out pests
Pests such as mosquitoes, rats and birds like to make their homes in clogged-up gutters. The build-up of wet leaves can be alluring to many animals. But by keeping your gutters clean, you can discourage pests from using them as a home.
5. Prevent your plants from getting overwatered
When a gutter is clogged, sometimes the water spills over the gutter and onto your garden instead. If there are plants there, the water can damage the plants and even kill them. Too much water for a plant is just as bad as too little water.
6. Prevent mildew and mould
A clogged gutter is an ideal environment for mildew and mould to grow. Just think – combine the decomposing leaves with stale water and you have the perfect recipe for mould. Both mildew and mould are harmful to human health, so it’s best to keep your gutters clean and avoid any health issues.
7. Add value to your home
Clogged gutters are a bit of an eyesore. The overflowing water can cause unsightly stains on the fascia boards, and neglected gutters may even fall off.
If you’re trying to sell your home, then you’ll want to make sure you give the gutters a thorough cleaning to give the best impression to buyers.
No-one enjoys cleaning their gutters out but it’s a necessary task none-the-less. Dirty gutters can cause water damage to your home, encourage pests to take up residence, and even lower the value of your property.
If you’re in need of gutter services, give us a call. We provide a fast and efficient gutter cleaning service to clients such as Nottinghamshire County Council, Engie, Tool Station and Clegg Group. Maintaining your gutters is a dirty job but one we are happy to carry out!