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Gutters not only channel the rain away from your house but it also can accumulate leaves and other debris causing it to clog. When your gutters become clogged it traps water causing the gutter to rust and break away. If the water does not drain from the gutter it can lead to a lot of damage, forcing you to replace the gutter. Debris cluttered gutters can also server as good nesting place for small animals and insects.
A gutter that is full of debris cannot fulfill its true purpose. The accumulation of dry leaves and debris will prevent water from flowing down the gutter into the down spout. This means that excess rain water will pour out of the sides of the gutter and on to the siding of the house and into the landscaping. This will necessitate expensive repair and painting to restore the appearance of your home. Additionally, a clogged gutter can lead to a rusted gutter that will require replacement. The water trapped in the gutter can freeze in winter, forming ice dams that weigh down the gutter and cause damage to the gutter and the roof. All of these issues can be avoided by ensuring that the gutters are cleaned regularly.
Gutters become clogged because of the fallen leaves and other debris that accumulates on the roof of the house. This is washed into the gutter when it rains. Additionally, small animals such as squirrels and birds might decide to nest among the debris and leave their dropping in the gutter. The presence of organic matter and water leads to the formation of mold, which contributes to the further clogging of the gutter as well.
As with other home maintenance tasks, the timing of cleaning the gutters can help prolong its life and minimize other damage. The gutters should be cleaned twice a year, at the beginning of fall and at the beginning of spring. If you clean the gutters at the beginning of fall, the leaves will still be dry and easier to remove. Additionally, when the precipitation occurs, the water will flow freely through the gutter and into the down spout ensuring little or no damage to the gutter. Also, because there is no debris to be washed into the down spout, this will not become clogged, making it easier to clean it out. Cleaning the gutters in early spring will again prepare it for directing the water brought in by the spring rains.
Don’t put off getting your gutters cleaned. The longer remain uncleaned, the longer your gutters will be holding up more weight than it should be and the more time you give for bugs and critters to find some room to settle in. Contact Upstate Window and Gutter Cleaning, inc, a trusted window and gutter cleaning professional, for a free quote. For homes or larger properties, a professional gutter cleaner saves you time and ensures that you get value for your money by keeping your gutters clean.
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