Monday, Aug. 3rd, 2015
Why You Should Keep Your Rain Gutters Clean
Rain gutters are probably something you don’t think about too often but are essential to the overall protection and safety of your home so we think it’s worth giving them some thought. In this post we’ll break down all the reasons we think it’s important to keep your gutters clean year-round–We’ll even let you know how TaskEasy can take care of you so if you’re already headed to the garage to grab that ladder, you may want to hold off.
Damage to Your Home Exterior
Without a rain gutter, water from rain and snow would just pour off your roof and fall at the base of your home’s foundation potentially causing erosion or leaks. This can still happen If leaves and other debris aren’t cleaned out on a regular basis because water can fall over the sides of the roof or even get backed up and cause damage to your roof shingles leading to leaks that could seep through to your home’s interior.
Reveal Potential Clogs
Usually it’s apparent when there’s a clog in your rain gutter because you’ll see a giant puddle near the base of your home but it’s still important to have them checked regularly to catch any early signs of clogging. The faster you can catch a clog, the better because not taking care of the problem could result in damage to your basement if that water starts to leak into your home foundation. That moldy smell is hard to get rid of once it’s there so it’s smart to take preventative action now.
Check for Repairs
Having your rain gutters cleaned is also necessary to making sure that all needed repairs are taken care of before unnecessary (and costly) damage is caused to your home. During winter, a lot of weight from snow and ice can really hurt your rain gutter so making sure it’s in tip-top shape now is critical. A bent rain gutter can eventually break, dumping water onto your foundation leading to all kinds of water damage problems.
Keep Pests Away
If you have excess water sitting in your rain gutter due to clogs, you also risk attracting pests such as termites and mosquitoes. These bugs thrive in water and a neglected rain gutter can double as the perfect home for these pests. You may also be inviting other pests such as mice and birds to camp out in your attic if you have excess moisture and if you’ve ever dealt with animals trapped in your attic before, you know it’s not fun getting rid of them.
Leave It To a Professional
Now that you know why it’s important to keep you rain gutters clean, the question is to do it yourself or to leave it to a professional? We say leave it to the professional because we care about your safety and trying to clean or repair rain gutters yourself can be dangerous, especially if conditions are slick. A professional is also trained to do a thorough job and spot any potential issues that may otherwise go unnoticed. Give us a call at 1-800-518-4461 and we’d be happy to assign you a trusted contractor to come take care of your rain gutters for you.