Gutters are an essential part of any home. These lovely systems help to whisk water away from your roof and home, helping both to last as long as they should. However, if your gutters become dirty, this can begin to cause problems with the drainage they are supposed to give. If you notice that your gutters don’t seem to be draining properly, give us a call and we would be happy to come out and clean them for you. Clean gutters are a must for any home.
The most common cause of a dirty gutter is falling leaves. Leaves that fall on your roof, are eventually washed into your gutter system. While gutters are usually big enough to pass most leaves, this doesn’t always happen. When leaves get wet, they also get very sticky, which means that most of the time, a wet leaf isn’t going to go down your gutter as it should. As more leaves stick to each other and don’t pass through your gutter, they start to build up. As the leaves build up, this creates a blockage, leading to water not being able to drain and overflowing your gutter. We can remove, and dispose of, leaves for you.
While leaves are the primary reason that gutters get dirty, they aren’t the only reason. Other debris types can build up in your gutters, leading to clogged downspouts. One of the main contributors here is small branches or broken parts of trees. Because of the jagged shape of twigs and branches, it is hard for them to be washed down a gutter. If enough of them build-up, this can create a sort of dam. Luckily, we can pressure wash this type of debris out of your gutter, making them healthy again.
After we have cleaned out your gutters thoroughly, the next step that we can offer is to recommend a gutter guard for you. Gutter guards are inserts that sit either, on top of, or inside your gutter. These guards block leaves and twigs from entering your gutter system while, at the same time, allowing water to pass through. Gutter guards are a great idea because they help to keep your gutter clean, which leads to a longer life of your gutter system. If you are interested in one of these devices, let us talk you through some options.
Consequences of Dirty Gutters
The consequences of dirty gutters may not seem obvious at first, but they can be pretty severe. Gutters are meant to drain water off of your roof and then run that water away from your house. If your gutter isn’t doing that, it can lead to your roof springing a leak. It can also lead to water seeping into your foundation and causing severe issues, such as foundation cracking. For this reason, having clean gutters is absolutely essential to home health. If you need your gutters cleaned, look no further than our team!