Gutter cleaning is a serious and messy job! When it’s time, it’s best to call experienced professionals. At Quality Seamless, we utilize the best measures of protection to get the job done effectively and safely without damaging your gutter system.
During a gutter cleaning, our team removes all debris that is inside the gutter system. If there is any debris on your roof, we clear that off, too (otherwise it would go right into your gutters). Lastly, we check to make sure your downspouts are clear and draining properly.
If not kept clean, gutters can cause a lot of property damage. Why do you need to keep your gutters clean? Read on to find out. Tired of gutter cleanings? Consider investing in gutter guards.
Importance of Gutter Cleaning
Foundation and soil erosion
Your gutter system catches roof rainwater and carries it away from the foundation of your home. When your gutters are clogged, the water cannot drain and will instead overflow onto the ground by the foundation. Some early signs of foundation erosion include settlement cracks running up the walls of your house and near the windows. In some instances, the hallowed ground under the slabs from soil erosion will create weak spots in the foundation. This ultimately can lead to foundation cracks. A properly functioning gutter system = a safer foundation for your home.
Fascia are the long (usually pine) boards along the edge of your roof where your gutters attach. Soffits, in contrast, are the “ceiling” areas of your roof overhang. Both of these areas, as well as your siding, can develop wood rot over time, but especially when your gutters aren’t working properly. Sometimes water along the edge of the shingles can drip off behind the gutters and onto the fascia.
In other instances, when your gutters overflow, the water will pour out the sides of the gutters and onto your fascia, siding, and soffits. Over time, this will cause the soffit and fascia to develop wood rot. There are to ways to prevent this. First, keep your gutters clean. Secondly, make sure you have drip edge. To protect the fascia and roofing system, top-quality roofers have started installing drip edge. This is a type of flashing that acts as a barrier between the gutter and the fascia.
Clogged gutters lead to overflowing gutters. When your gutters overflow, the water will fall along the foundation of the building, such as the driveway. This can then cause the soil under and around it to soften, which can lead to foundation cracks. For the driveway, the excess water can start to damage your driveway, especially during the wintertime. If the driveway is wet and then freezes, this will result in driveway heaving.
Wet crawl space
Did you know one of the #1 reasons for basement floods is your gutter system? Just as clogged gutters can damage a building’s foundation by allowing water to collect close to the base of the structure, this same water can also infiltrate basement walls. When water collects in large quantities against a basement wall, it will eventually find its way into the basement and cause extensive interior damage.
Mold is a silent culprit that thrives in damp or wet areas. When gutters become clogged, the water will begin to pool. This creates the perfect environment for mold to grow. On top of damaging the structural integrity of the home, it can ultimately lead to a number of health issues including asthma episodes and coughs, runny noses, and even severe respiratory conditions. Maintenance plays a major role in preventing mold growth. Cleaning your gutters at least twice a year will help to ensure they don’t clog and cause mold.
Standing water in your gutter system creates the ideal breeding ground for mosquitos who favor warm, wet environments. The water provides them with a place to lay eggs, grow and develop. If your gutters are wet and clogged during the hot summer days, mosquitos can spot this and choose to deposit their eggs in your gutters! Not only that, when your downspouts clog with leaves and branches, it can create a water blockage IN the downspout. This, unfortunately, will attract more bugs and mosquitos.