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Why Do Gutter Cleaning?
Putting it simply, gutter cleaning is to preserve the value of your home. Or putting it another way it is to prevent insidious degradation of the siding, foundation and landscaping that can be very expensive to restore if allowed to continue.
Water Damage to your Property
Gutters and downspouts are installed to guide rainwater and melting snow off your roof and away from your home’s siding and it’s foundation. If gutters get clogged with leaves, seeds or roofing debris, water can’t drain and will eventually back up and overflow the gutters. When the gutters overflow, the water falls right down against the side of your house and against your foundation walls where it could eventually work its way into your home creating insidious damage to various possible parts of the house. Since gutters catch rain right off the roof they also prevent soil erosion and wear to your home’s fascia board, shingles, siding, windows, window sils etc…. helping to extend their life and your investment! The bottom line is that well-maintained, properly functioning gutters directly protect the overall health of your home, inside and out.
Rot and Mildew
Increased water exposure creates the start to penetrating the water proofing of the house. A wet substrate creates the place for rot and mildew to get started. Then as it is kept wetter than normal the ongoing growth accelerates over time. Paints, finishes, siding, wood and foundations are all designed to be periodically wet and if saturated for longer periods the life span is reduced. Just like a house needs to be repainted a gutter needs to be cleaned when it does not drain well.
Even if the gutters don’t overflow, water trapped in a gutter provides an ideal spot for mosquito larvae to grow turn into mosquito’s to then bread larvae in the same water if not removed. When cleaning gutters with standing water it not at all unusual to see little squigelly larvee swimming in this water trapped in the gutters. To the naked eye they sort of look like minature shrimp scooting around. Clean the gutters remove blockage from the opening from the gutters to the down spouts allowing the water to drain, then the cycle is broken, larve can not survive and the anoying bites go away and the possible disease they carry also.
After looking at homes prior to gutter cleaning it is easy to spot clogged gutters. Sagging gutters, mold on the side of the house, dark oxidation streaks on the gutters. In some cases it is even more obvious with weeds, vines, and trees growing up from the gutters. Organic debris accumulates in gutters, breaks down creating compost that is a great growing medium if kept wet. This gutter goop that turns to compost will support the life of earth worms some times. Poorly drained gutters supply the water retention to do this. Clean the gutters and this goes away. exterior gutter cleaning to remove the mold and black streaks from white aluminum gutters is very easy with the correct products, but close to impossible with out them. So many people replace the perfectly serviceable gutters since they do not know that the out side exposed sections of the gutters can be cleaned and restored to an almost new look.
Back to basics keeping the gutters clean gets the water away from the house with out damaging it or the surrounding area. It is a very basic concept but concidering the surges in volume of water and the amount of leaves and other debris that falls into a guttering system the need for periodic cleaning or covers just does not go away.
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