Maintain the gutters on your home this autumn season with a scheduled inspection and cleaning. This will protect your home from potential water problems.
Many homeowners overlook inspecting the gutters on their home. Some homeowners have a tendency to take the guttering system on their house for granted, until serious problems develop. If you choose to skip gutter inspection and cleaning season after season, you may be jeopardizing the integrity of your home.
How to Maintain Your Home’s Gutters
Maintain your gutters by having them regularly cleaned by a St. Louis guttering company, at least once a year at the end of the autumn season, but more often if your home is heavily surrounded by trees. Even when you have gutter guards in place, these too will need to be cleared of debris, especially before the first frost when ice can damage the structure of your gutters.
Signs of Potential Problems
In addition to regular maintenance, inspect the gutters from time to time, looking for signs of potential problems. For example, if there is a clog in the winter you will notice an unusual buildup of snow on top of the gutters. As it melts and overflows, the water may leak inside of the exterior walls and cause them to rot. Other signs to look for that may indicate a clogged gutter is peeling paint on your home’s exterior. As water is dripping down the exterior wall, the water may begin breaking down the paint, leaving lines of exposed wood.
Roof and Structural Damage
Roof problems may also develop in the winter if the water from snow is not allowed to pass through the gutters and to the ground. The water can seep underneath the shingles as the temperatures rise during the day and then freeze once the outside temperature drops. This could cause the roof to degrade prematurely, a condition that may not be covered by any warranty. The beams that support the roof may also become damaged along with the soffits, causing you an expensive repair job. These types of problems may be avoided by maintaining the gutters properly.
Water that is allowed to flow down the exterior of your home may show as lines on your vinyl siding if your homes exterior is not painted. As it falls it will pool at the foundation, jeopardizing the structure of your home. Another problem that can develop from not maintaining your gutters is they can begin to split at the seams or pull away from the exterior of your house. Not only does this affect the way your home looks, it could cause serious damage to the homes structure. Before these problems occur, schedule an appointment with a reliable St. Louis guttering company.
Autumn Cleaning and Maintenance
Something as simple as regularly scheduled maintenance and cleaning can go a long way towards protecting the structure of your home. Regularly inspect your gutters for clogs and contact Scott-Lee Guttering Company at (314) 756-9440 today to schedule this years fall gutter cleaning.