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You get home from work, change into your weekend clothes and head outside to enjoy the warm weather.
That's when you notice that the gutter downspout is overflowing. You remember that it's been a few months since you last cleaned the gutters, so you decide to take a look.
As you climb up the ladder, you realize just how clogged the gutters are. It's time to get something done about it...
In this article, we'll cover:
• some of the reasons why it's important to clean your homes gutters,
• how often it should be done,
• what tools you'll need if you want to do it yourself,
• and some helpful tips for you.
When a homeowner neglects to clean their gutters, it can lead to a number of
serious consequences, the most notable of which is roof damage.
Gutters are designed to divert water away from your house. When gutters get clogged, there is no way for the water to drain away from the house and it remains stagnant in the gutter trough.
Leaves and other debris can accumulate in the gutters and cause them to overflow. If you don't clean your gutters regularly, a clogged gutter which isn't draining properly allows water to build up and trapped water can get up under the roof coating, causing damage to the edge of your roof's surface and the underlying materials.
The backed up water can seep into the roofing materials and cause the wood underneath to rot.
As the water builds up it gets too heavy and can get up under the roof coating causing damage to the edge of the roof's surface and underlying materials.
This can cause a roof to start to leak as the water seeps inside the roof putting everything inside your home to be at risk of water damage. This can lead to expensive repairs or even a whole new roof.
Basements are often prone to water damage because they are the lowest level of the house and are therefore the most susceptible to flooding.
Building materials are porous and will absorb water and can cause cracks in concrete.
Water can easily seep into the basement through cracks in the foundation or through the floor, and can cause extensive damage if not addressed quickly.
When the temperature changes and humidity starts to come, the concrete can start shifting. Not something you want happening to your foundation.
Mold is a type of fungus that can grow both indoors and outdoors. It thrives in warm, damp environments and can cause a variety of health problems.
Mold can cause severe respiratory problems for people with asthma or other respiratory conditions, and can also cause skin problems.
Mold can also cause extensive damage to homes. Water seeping into your basement can cause damage to your foundation causing musty smells due to mold spores and mildew.
Mold can be a big problem to:
• Wood wall studs
Fixing the mold problem can be an expensive proposition.
Above are some of the important reasons you should protect your home by keeping the gutters cleaned.
Neglecting to do this can cause you to have to deal with water damage, pest infestation, cracks in the foundation, and more.
None of this is fun and can be expensive.
Properly draining gutters is key to preventing water damage to your home.
Gutters should be cleaned regularly to ensure that they are free of debris, and downspouts should be directed away from the house so that water is dispersed properly.
If you don't have a gutter system, or if your gutters are clogged, problems will arise
It is important to clean your house's gutters regularly to prevent water damage. Rule of thumb says you probably should clean your gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. It also depends on where you live.
In Aurora, or surrounding areas of front range Colorado, the weather is a factor.
Changes in the weather from freezing wet snow to hot blistering sun can make a difference.
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, but more often if there is a lot of debris buildup. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and spill over before draining down the gutter spout.
Especially if you have a lot of mature trees around your house where leaves blow around and get stuck in the gutters.
Some people even clean their gutters after severe storms that tend to blow Leaves and branches around that can get into your gutters.