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Reasons to Clean your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is one of those projects that’s easy to put off. After all, you can’t “see” the clogged gutters and don’t really even think about it until it rains. Let’s look at the top 4 reasons you should stop putting it off and clean your gutters. Consider installing gutter guards once you clean the gutters. It requires more work upfront, but you won’t have to clean them again. Most hardware stores have a DIY version of gutter guards, or you can always hire a handyman to do the installation. There’s tons of great YouTube videos if you need help, here’s one.

  1. Keep Bugs Out.

    Mosquitos, termites, and other pests thrive in clogged gutters. Some live in the gutters themselves, but clogged gutters also create puddles and excess water around your house. Mosquitos need standing water to lay eggs. Clogged gutters make good nesting materials for birds and squirrels as well. You want to keep pests away from the house as much as possible, clogged gutters are a pests’ welcome mat.

  2. Keep Water Out.

    When a house is built, great care is taken to ensure water will flow away from the house. Foundations are not waterproof. Gutters are the first line of water defense, they take all the water from your roof and send it away from your basement. When your gutters are clogged water flows over the top and right to your basement. Eventually your foundation will not be able to keep water out. Think of all the things in your basement, now picture them wet. Not good.

  3. Prevent Damage to your Home.

    All the dirt and leaves in your gutters creates a brown sludge. This sludge will run down your soffit and siding and look terrible. You will spend more time power washing the stains on your home than you would have spent cleaning the gutters.

  4. Prevent Concrete Erosion.

    Concrete is solid, but the dirt below it is not. If water is allowed to run down your yard and erode the dirt under concrete driveways, walkways, and patios. If the dirt below the concrete is washed away the concrete is susceptible to cracking. Cracked concrete is an expensive fix.

Conclusion

Preventative maintenance is important. Often times a little work upfront can save you a lot of work and money on the backend. Keeping your gutters clean is a great example. Most people clean their gutters in the Spring and the Fall, but it really depends on the amount of trees you have on your property. More trees means more cleaning. Even if you don’t have a lot of trees you should still keep an eye on your gutters, but you can get away without cleaning as often. This is a pretty simple DIY project. I found this great DIY Video if you need some tips. If you don’t want to do it yourself, it’s a cheap project to hire out. Hire a Handyman to clean your gutters and spend your time doing something else, or install gutter guards and don’t think about it again.