Your home’s gutters are built to protect your property against water damage. By collecting water that flows off of the roof and guiding it away from your house, your gutter system prevents a long list of damage that could occur, ranging from mold to wood rot. Naturally, then, your gutters take a beating over the course of the year. From thunderstorms to snowstorms to heavy winds, gutters must withstand the elements. Additionally, they are often barraged with debris, such as leaves, twigs, pine cones, branches, etc.
In fact, this debris is the number one cause of gutter repair. While it is true that severe storms can cause damage to your gutter system, the most common repairs stem from the build-up of debris in the gutters and downspouts.
When your gutters and downspouts become clogged with debris, they cannot properly manage the flow of water away from your home. Instead of running along the gutters, through the downspout, and safely away from your building’s foundation, water may become backed up in the gutter troughs or in one of the several downspouts.
A clogged gutter, then, prevents the proper flow of water and allows it to pool, overflow, or seep into your home—all of which can cause damage to your house’s siding, roof, foundation, and more. As you can imagine, this can result in a long list of expensive repairs.
It is important, then, to maintain a clean gutter system in order to avoid water damage. By cleaning your gutters at least once per year, depending on how much debris they pick up, you can protect your home against the number one cause of gutter repair.
Of course, cleaning gutters is never fun. Although the task is important, homeowners have a few options regarding their gutter cleaning activities. You can do it yourself, hire professionals, or invest in a gutter cleaning prevention system.