Fall is a beautiful season, and it is just around the corner. As summer nears its end, proactive homeowners across this great country are considering the necessary maintenance that will have to be done before winter does arrive. When it comes to fall, leaves, although they may be pretty when they change colors, can create a huge mess in our yards. We can rake the lawn and pick them out of bushes, but there is one spot in the exterior of your home that you must not forget to clean out once the leaves have fallen. It’s your gutters, and clogged gutters can cause major problems for the exterior of your home. Now is the time to protect your gutter from the mess that these next few months are sure to bring and you could prevent these problems for years to come.
Why Do My Gutters Need to be Cleaned?
The purpose of having rain gutters on the home is to carry rain water as far away from the home’s foundation as possible. Without them, water would run off the roof and collect in large amounts at the base of the home. Over time this leads to erosion of the foundation and flooding. This makes your gutters a very important component to the integrity of your home. When leaves are allowed to collect in the gutters, along with other debris and possibly even bird’s nests, clogs can occur. A clog will prevent water from properly draining down the spout. Instead, the water will overflow the tops of the gutters and pour down the sides of the home. This could lead to a plethora of roof and gutter problems that could become costly to repair.
Prevent all of this and reduce the need for maintenance by installing a gutter guard system. For a relatively low cost you could prevent leaves and debris from ever getting in the gutters in the first place without reducing the gutters ability to move water down the spout. If the system is properly installed and of high enough quality, clogs could become a problem of the past. Consider installing this system yourself or contact a local gutter maintenance professional to see what options you have. Getting this job done now will leave you will clean functional gutters for years to come.