Cleaning out your gutters is probably the last thing you will want to do this weekend.
A guttering system directs water and debris away from the roof, walls, and foundation, and prevents water from settling and causing mold growth and decay. A clogged gutter can cause the water to back up and stagnate. This can attract unwanted pests such as insects, animals, and plants to take refuge, causing damage to your home. With winter drawing closer, its time to inspect your guttering system and carry out routine cleaning and maintenance. This is important for various reasons, some of which are listed below.
Get Rid of the Pests
When gutters become clogged with autumn leaves and other debris it causes the water to stagnate, and this invites various pests such as mosquitoes. It eventually becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes and creates bigger problems such as the west nile virus. It spreads illness characterized by headache, fever, muscle weakness, body pain, vision loss, and even paralysis. The illness can be fatal as well. The CDC recommends regular cleaning of gutters to prevent the spread of this disease.
Prevent Water Damage
Water damage can cause many problems in your home. It can lead to mold growth that weakens the walls and even the foundation. Guttering experts recommend that homeowners should inspect their guttering system every season for corrosion, blockages, broken fasteners, and gaps between connections.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
It is common sense that it is better to have the gutters inspected and cleaned during autumn when the weather is mild, rather than putting it off until winter when the weather becomes extremely cold and icy. Timely cleaning would help ensure that you do not have to get emergency repairs during the winter.
Most homeowners prefer to conduct the inspection of the gutters on their own, but getting a St. Louis gutter company to do this can offer several benefits. The biggest benefit is that you are saved the trouble of climbing atop long ladders and risking injury. Also, you may miss certain problems, but an expert eye will identify even the smallest of issues. It is important to have a professional guttering company conduct a cleaning of your gutters before the onset of winter. This will ensure that smaller problems are identified and corrected before they turn in to something more serious.
Schedule an appointment with Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 today!