Clean gutters keep your home safe from water damage.
Clean gutters collect and direct rain water away from the walls and foundation of your home, thereby saving the roof, walls, foundation, and other adjoining structures. However, with passing time, gutters tend to become clogged with debris and stop functioning as effectively as they should. It is important that you maintain clean gutters year round.
How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?
Experts at our guttering company recommend that gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year unless you have installed gutter guards, in which case cleaning once a year or once every two years may be sufficient. In some houses, where there is too much foliage or where the weather is windy and rough, more frequent cleaning might be required. In order achieve clean gutters, it is important to be aware of signs that they need cleaning. Here are five signs:
You Can Not Remember the Last Time You Cleaned the Gutters
Many homeowners do not even remember when they cleaned their gutters last. This in itself is a sign that they need some attention. Experts recommend that you should check your gutters twice a year, once in spring and fall, and have maintenance done at least annually. Remember, it will not take long for them to become damaged and require expensive repairs.
Water Damage Has Become Visible
Water damage is the most obvious result of clogged gutters. When they become clogged, water tends to back up and leaks through the roof, and damages walls, basement, and the roof itself. If you can see any visible water damage in any part of your home, call up a guttering company to schedule an appointment.
The Gutters Are Sagging
Accumulation of debris inside your gutters can cause them to sag. If the debris continues to build up and puts pressure on the gutters, it may cause extensive damage and you may have to spend a lot on repairs or replacements.
Pests Are Crawling Inside the Gutters
As debris builds up inside the gutters, it becomes a breeding ground for pests such as birds, insects, and rodents. If you find any pests crawling inside the gutters, schedule a cleaning immediately. Pests are enemies of clean gutters.
Foliage Is Growing Inside the Gutters
Plants tend to grow inside dirty and moist gutters. If you find plants creeping out of the gutters, it means they need immediate attention.
Clean gutters are important. If you are serious about the structural safety of your home and want to protect it from water damage, it is important that you contract the maintenance of your gutters to a professional guttering company. Contact Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440. We provide cleaning and maintenance services, leaving you with clean gutters and the assurance that your home is safe from water damage.
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