• Amber Kimmel

WHY IS GUTTER CLEANING SO IMPORTANT?


WHY IS GUTTER CLEANING SO IMPORTANT?


1. ROTTED WOOD - When gutters have debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia board. The moisture can also affect the roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. The debris acts like a wick and brings water in the bottom of the gutter up to the fascia.

2. ANIMAL AND WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS - Lack of cleaning will also cause water to pond in areas dammed by debris. This condition is ideal for breeding mosquitoes. Bugs love moisture. Plants, birds, insects and even mice will make a home in gutter debris.

3. FOUNDATION DAMAGE - A blockage can cause water to pour over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation. Over time, the water can cause cracks to form and damage the foundation, potentially resulting in collapse. But even if the foundation doesn't fail, the water can still cause mold growth.

4. SAGGING DRIVEWAYS - Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause driveway and walkways to sag and crack.

5. LANDSCAPE DAMAGE - When gutters clog and water spills over the side, it often lands on flower beds, small trees or shrubs that surround the base of a home.

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