Nov. 23, 2018.
Your gutters are an essential part of your roof, and they have to be free of debris at all times. A clean gutter is a must because plenty of problems can arise otherwise. Make it your goal this year to make gutter cleaning a regular part of your home maintenance. Your roof, your foundation, your basement, and your bank account will thank you.
10 gutter cleaning benefits your neighbors aren’t talking about
Did you know you can avoid at least 10 major home maintenance issues if you keep your gutters clean?
Here are some serious (and pricey) problems that can be prevented:
1. Fascia and gutter damage.
The fascia is the board mounted just below the roof, and it’s where gutters are connected. Clogged gutters tend to overflow, and the water spilled will get into the fascia boards, thus causing damage. Clogged gutters can only mean damaged fascia. But then, the fascia is not the only material affected by the clogging. With the gutter itself carrying that extra weight for a long time, it’s also bound to get damaged.
2. Ice dams.
During the colder season, the water in the clogged gutter would turn into ice, and that’s yet another clogging problem you’ll have to deal with all season long. One of the functions of the gutter is to prevent icicles from forming on the roof as they can damage the shingles. Clogged gutters make matters worse. That extra weight of ice can practically rip the gutter off the roof.
3. Leaky roof.
The roof protects your home from changing weather conditions, more particularly from the sun, snow, and rain. Clogged gutters are likely to cause a leaky roof because water and melted ice are not flowing well through the drain. The water stays in the roof until it finds itself into the insulation, drywall, and plaster.
4. Interior damage.
Once the water is within the ceiling and wall cavities, it will cause staining. Water stains on the ceiling can easily be repainted, but those on the wall require intensive repair. The moisture could rot the wall and cause mold, which is considered serious damage. Once you see massive damage, you might want to consider gutter repair.
5. Foundation cracks.
Gutter problems could affect everything in your home, including the foundation. Overflowing water from the gutter can go everywhere, but it will most likely run down all the way into the creases of your home’s foundation. The water that gets there could freeze during the winter season, which can affect the strength and integrity of the foundation. The reason why a complex network of gutters and downspouts are installed in your home is to make sure that rainwater goes to the right place. Otherwise, rainwater can saturate every piece of wood and concrete slab it comes in contact with.
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6. Basement flooding.
Another thing that many homeowners fail to realize is the fact that the root cause of basement flooding could be overflowing gutters. If it wasn’t caused by pipes that broke, then it must be the gutters. Check the functionality of your gutters to be sure.
7. Overflowing garden beds.
The water flowing off clogged gutters will spill onto the flower beds, so it will definitely affect your lawn too. If you drown all your plants with rainwater due to irregular gutter maintenance, then you’ll have to redo the landscaping that you have invested so much time and money in.
8. Pest infestation.
Critters, mosquitos, and a lot of other insects that thrive in stagnant water will become a major problem if your gutters are clogged. You’re actually giving them a place to breed and multiply. Remember that pests can do major damage to your home. Even if there are just leaves stuck in the gutter, other animals like rats, mice, and birds will think of the gutter as a lair or the perfect breeding ground. Pests are the unwanted guests in your home, and professional extraction can be costly.
9. Decreased safety and comfort.
No matter how you look at it, clogged gutters threaten your own safety and comfort. Just imagine contaminated water finding its way into your tap. The water full of organic matter and organisms stuck in the gutter for a long time can cause a slew of health problems. For starters, that’s how mold and mildew grow.
10. Lowered home value.
A clogged and broken gutter is definitely an eyesore. If you’re looking to increase the aesthetics of your home, you should never neglect the gutters. Gutters that are about to fall off are easily spotted by trained home maintenance experts. There’s really no other way than to include gutter cleaning, repair, and maintenance every time you do a major home makeover.
Good gutter cleaning could save (or earn) you money
A task easy enough to knock out in a weekend — or even easier to outsource to a home repair or roofing company — has the potential to reap big dividends.
As of 2018, annual home maintenance could cost you about 1 percent of your home’s value, or $1,333 a month. But compare gutter cleaning to the average cost of roof replacement at $7,506, water damage cleanup at $2,598, or foundation repair at $4,016, and the payoff is clear. If you’re a diligent home-maintainer, you’re likely to come out on top. You’ll also preserve and potentially increase your home’s value when you keep your property protected from structural damage.
Frazier Roofing and Guttering is the second oldest roofing company in Arlington, Texas. We have over 18 years of experience in roofing and have been happily serving all of Tarrant County and surrounding cities with their gutter and roofing demands. Over the years, we have built up our team of Arlington roofing contractors and have become one of the most distinguished roofing companies in the area. Founded by Rich & Sheila Frazier in 1977, the year that Elvis “The King” left us.
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