Without the help of a ladder, most of us cannot really look inside those little gutter rifts lining the house to see what they hold and so we just take the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach. Why bother anyway? They are way out of anyone’s reach so you know nobody is going to deliberately throw anything in there and the only contents likely to found in the gutters are leaves and perhaps some small broken branches. How much harm can this little debris do?
Well, plenty actually. Leaves that are left to accumulate in the gutters can do more damage than you can imagine.
Clogged Gutter Damage
Gutters are the only thing standing in the way between smears and streaks on your walls and windows. They may look small and insignificant but these gutters act as barriers that prevent the deterioration that water and mildew can cause on your home. Clogged gutters cause rainwater to overflow and seep into the ceiling of your home, casing ugly, unhealthy mould formation.
Gutters also help preserve the structural integrity of your home by protecting the foundation and walls against water logging that would otherwise be inevitable if the rain water and melting snow were not channeled away from the house. Most people may not realize it, but gutters do perform a vital job of protecting the structure of their home against water damage.
When gutters are jammed by leaves and debris, they can also clog the entry of the downspout. In case of a sudden storm, the weight of the water can cause the gutter to get distorted and pull away from the wall. Getting it repaired or replaced will cost you much, much more than simple gutter cleaning done regularly.
Mosquito infestation is another problem you will have to contend with if water is allowed to stagnate in the gutters because of obstructed flow.
With so much at stake, it is important to make sure that all gutters are free of debris that would obstruct the free flow of water.
How Easy Is It To Clean The Gutters? What Is Involved?
That’s a tough question to answer. If you are able-bodied and limber, unafraid of heights, comfortable with performing acrobatic maneuvers while perched atop a tall ladder, then it should be easy for you. Provided of course, you have all of the equipment necessary and a whole lot of time to get the work done. Otherwise, you are better off hiring a professional to do it for you. Depending on the design of your home, gutter cleaning can be time-consuming, laborious and yes, it may require a whole lot of acrobatic maneuvers as you try clearing away the debris while standing at the end of the tall ladder holding a whole lot of unwieldy tools in your hands.
Several factors come into play with gutter cleaning. If the house is more than a single-story, reaching the gutters can be even more difficult. While cleaning the gutters, they also need to be checked for damage, rust and holes. Depending upon their condition, some amount of maintenance may be necessary. If the angle of the slope is awkward, that may need to be rectified so the water drains off away from the home and not towards it.
Professional gutter cleaners know how to do a thorough job of cleaning the gutters while staying safe, using specialized equipment and specially formulated cleaning solutions.
Don’t ignore those gutters just because you cannot see what’s inside. Either check and clean them yourself regularly or hire a professional, but get it done. Regular gutter cleaning really is important for more reasons than you would imagine.
True Clarity Window & Gutter Cleaning
PO Box 822453 Vancouver, WA 98682