Why Cleaning Your Gutters Protects Your Home
With winter in full swing, the leaves have been falling, and that means gutters are jammed with debris. To make sure that your Snellville home stays in pristine shape every year, it is necessary to make cleaning the gutters an essential part of your property maintenance routine. It may seem like an easy task, but there’s lots of precautions needed to be covered before you take on such a big responsibility. If an untrained person is cleaning the gutters, it could potentially result in serious injury or damage to your property. Cleaning the gutters regularly can save you money in the long run, and keeps your home looking fresh and orderly.
When to Clean the Gutters?
Functioning and clean gutters are an essential part of preventing expensive repairs. Overflowing gutters can often end up with damaged foundations, roofs, and other structural elements of the property. They can also bring in insects and other pests, on top of other health hazards like mold. When gutters aren’t cleaned routinely, they can cause serious problems that you might not be able to see until it’s too late. As soon as you see leaves and debris start to pile up, you should immediately schedule an appointment to get the gutters cleaned. Cleaning the gutters on your rental property once or twice a year can help keep your home stay protected and save yourself from avoidable high-priced repairs
Can I Clean the Gutters Myself?
Cleaning the gutters is not a difficult task but will entail a great deal of practice and effort to understand how it is done the correct way. Proper safety procedures should be followed and researched and the right equipment is required. You can clean most gutters with a ladder, hose or sprayer, and a trowel or plastic scoop. Using these tools, you can remove large debris from the gutters to keep water flowing in the right direction. Be cautious not to send the debris in the direction of the downspout. If debris were to fall in the downspout, it could get clogged and cause more underlying problems. To make sure there is no blockage, flush the downspout with a hose to push out anything that had gotten stuck.
What happens If I Don’t Clean the Gutters?
Neglect to cleaning the gutters can cause long-lasting damage that is not always visible. When wet, leaves gain a lot of mass which could put pressure on your roof. It could eventually cause the water and weight to ruin your shingles. In addition to water damage, overflowing gutters can cause structural damage to the wood and foundation. By taking an hour or so out of your day, it prevents you from spending days and potentially thousands of dollars on fixing an issue that is totally avoidable.
Cleaning the gutters is a small task that has large benefits when done correctly. Whether you can clean them yourself, or you hire a professional, clean gutters are the first step to keeping the exterior and interior of your home working properly. If taking on this responsibility by yourself, make sure you have the necessary equipment and resources. Have someone available to help you just in case you struggle by yourself.
“Gutter prevention is measured in pennies; repairs are measured in dollars.”
If you have any questions about gutter cleaning, or are looking for a new home, don’t hesitate to contact us today! We hope this article helped you this winter!
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