Why Gutter Cleaning is an Essential Part of Home Maintenance
Have you had your gutters cleaned this year? While gutter cleaning may not seem like a big deal to some, it is actually one of the most essential parts of regular home maintenance. Read below to learn more about the importance of regular gutter cleanings.
What is the purpose of gutters?
Gutters are designed to help divert rainwater from your roof away from your home. Clean gutters easily redirect this water away from the home’s foundation, while full/clogged gutters can result in the rainwater overflowing from the sides of the gutters. This can lead to a variety of issues, such as damages to the home.
Prevent potential home damages
Keeping clean gutters ensures that they are able to properly drain rainwater and function at their highest efficiency.
One of the most common issues caused by clogged gutters is foundation damages to the home. When water overflows from your gutters, it collects at the foundation of your home. As this water collects and sits over time, it can begin seeping into the home’s basement and any potential cracks in the foundation. While the range of damages can vary, in May 2023, Forbes reported that the 2023 national average cost for fixing a flooded basement is $4,000. At a minimum, you can expect to pay around $1,000. They also list clogged gutters as one of the top causes for basement floodings. Overflowing rainwater can also result in damages to the soffit, fascia, the home’s exterior, and even the attic.
As debris accumulates in your gutters, it can also begin to push on the bottom of the roof, displacing the shingles. Depending on the location and severity of the damages, repair costs can begin to pile up. Allowing debris to build up in your gutters makes the gutters heavier, adding extra stress to the gutter system. This extra weight can cause the gutters to slightly detach from or completely fall off of the home.
Expand your gutters’ lifespan
Keeping your gutters clean also helps to extend your gutter’s lifespan! Gutters that are given proper attention last longer than those that are not.
When you take care of your gutters, you also lower the likelihood of needing repairs to your gutter system in the future. Gutters that are not given the proper attention can make an inviting home to unwanted pests and wildlife, such as birds. Once an animal makes its home in your gutters, you are going to have to pay for the animal(s) to be safely removed before the gutters can be safely cleaned. Other aspects of dirty gutters, such as stillwater, can also lead to the growth of mold, mildew, and other unwanted fungi or bacteria.
Maintaining clean gutters is easy when you schedule your gutter cleaning with Bubbles! Our expert technicians hand pick debris from your gutters, flush them with water, and check for any potential cracks, leaks, or damages that may need attention. We are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, so you can relax knowing that your gutters are in good hands. To inquire about your free gutter cleaning quote, you can visit our Contact Page, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or give us a call at (800) 640-9170.