Gutters are an integral part of your house’s roofing to ensure that the water coming from rain and from cleaning your roofing goes to the ground smoothly and be drained properly, instead of splashing all over your walls and seeping into your interiors. Ensuring that your gutters perform to the best that they can, proper maintenance must regularly be applied. Failing to do so can cause damage not only to your gutters but also to your house as well. This will not only cost you money, but it’ll be time consuming, and a hassle knowing that you could have prevented it.
Rain gutters are an integral part of ensuring proper drainage from your roofing and protecting your exteriors and interiors from water damage. These gutters however, with their exposed upper side, are susceptible to the collection of debris in the form of leaves, branches, and other items that roll off of your roof and into the gutters, such as fruits or nuts from trees, to objects accidentally thrown to the ceiling such as balls or other toys. These may compromise the structural stability of the gutters, hindering them from doing a proper job in draining water. In these cases, proper cleaning and maintenance must be applied.
The build-up of leaves in your gutters can drastically reduce the performance of the drains ability to drain water. These leaves block off the passageway for the water to pass, and with the weight of the drenched leaves, this may also cause some damage to your gutters. Without a proper passageway for the water to flow to, water can leak and seep through the walls into your interiors causing water damage. This water damage can lead to the development of mold and mildew, weakening the strength of your walls.
Gutters can also become nesting grounds of insects that could potentially harm you. Insects such as bees, hornets, or even ants and wasps, can build their nests in the gutters that can cause damage not just to your gutters but your home as well. This can also lead to an insect infestation inside your home.
When removing leaves from your gutters, always be prepared and wear the proper safety attire, such as safety goggles, workers gloves, and a hard hat. You will also need a ladder to reach the high places of the gutters, which entails taking extra caution as you may fall and sustain injuries.
After removing the leaves, inspect the gutters, from loose screws or clamps, leaks along the gutters, to dented or deformed gutters. Apply the necessary procedures to fix the drains or else you run the risk of compromising the structural integrity of the gutters. This can lead to your gutters collapsing and falling, which can cause injuries to the people around the area.
Depending on your area, you may need to clean your gutters more regularly than others, but the fact remains is that you still need to regularly do some gutter cleaning, to ensure they are working perfectly.