Gutter Maintenance: Is cleaning your gutters really that important?

In our opinion, YES! While gutter maintenance is far from exciting, it is extremely important to the health of your home. Your gutters provide a critical service for your home. It does not take long for clogged or damaged gutter systems to begin wreaking havoc on the integrity of your home’s structure.

Here are the top 4 issues that can be prevented by cleaning your gutters:

  1. Cracked Foundation and Leaking Basements: Clogged, poorly pitched or damaged gutter systems are the number one cause of basement water issues. When roof water overflows and begins pooling, it can mean big trouble. Excess water around your foundation can weaken the foundation and lead to cracks. Water finds the path of least resistance when it tries to drain. If your gutters are clogged, that may mean your gutter system is actually working against you versus performing its job.

  2. Rotted Wood: debris in gutters almost always holds moisture. The debris acts like a wick and brings water from the bottom of the gutter up the fascia. Many homeowners have spent thousands of dollars replacing rotted wood and other damage that a gutter cleaning could have prevented.

  3. Animals and wood destroying insects: Ignoring this item on your To Do list may also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris creating an ideal breeding ground for millipedes, carpenter ants and many types of insects. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insets and even mice (eeek!) will make a home in gutter debris.

  5. Damage to fascia, siding and paint: Clogged gutters and downspouts cause overflowing water which left untreated will cause damage to paint, siding, windows, doors and soffit fascia causing serious damage to your home.

So, get out there and clean and maintain your gutters! It’s best to clean them twice per year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. Let us know if you have any questions or if you have a story to share about how ignoring your gutters turned into a big problem.