It’s dirty work, but everyone must do it. Your gutters must be clean and free of dead leaves, bird nests and other debris. It’s just a fact of life when it comes to owning a home.
This is especially true in Dayton, where summer is so dry and autumn, winter, and spring are so wet. Why? Because we usually forget about our gutter cleaning in Dayton until it’s too late.
Dry leaves, tree branches and other materials can accumulate in your gutters during the dry summer and you will not notice it until the gutters begin to pour out during the first big rain of the season. Or worse, you won’t notice.
Today I will answer a few questions that many homeowners have about cleaning their gutters, including why it is necessary, how often it is necessary, and, most importantly, how to clean the gutters.
What can happen if you don’t clean your gutters?
It sounds like a simple question, but the reality is that unclean gutters can lead to many complex and expensive problems. Let’s look at some of them
Leaking gutters and mold
If you do not clean your gutters, the first problem that will arise will be clogged gutters and gutters leading to the accumulation of standing water in your gutters and overflowing. When the dead leaves decompose, the water in your gutters will become dirty, and the mold will begin to grow.
In our humid climate, mold is common and can cause many health problems if it gets into your home. Thorough cleaning is difficult (and expensive), so it’s best to stop the mold before it starts.
Leaking roofs and basements
Replacing the roof is a big undertaking – even if you put a new roof on an existing roof. The best strategy is to make the most of your current roof, protecting it from the elements.
If you put off cleaning the gutters, the roof may leak. Water that does not flow to the ground can accumulate on the roof, permeating the shingles and causing significant damage.
The same applies to your basement. If the gutter drain pipes are clogged, do not drain far enough from the house (at least 6-10 feet recommended) or disconnected from the gutters, water may get into the basement.
This can damage everything you store in the basement, as well as the foundation itself. You can also damage the stove, switches and other tools in the basement.
A cracked foundation is a serious headache for any homeowner. Repairs can be very expensive. But an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of medicine. By moving the drain pipes away from the house (and making sure that water flows through them), you will protect your foundation from cracks. The foundation cracks are caused by water damage and ice expansion during the coldest part of winter.
Errors and other creatures
Gutters are a magnet for insects, squirrels, birds, mice and other animals. Warm, moist, decaying leaves are a rich source of food for many pests, and when they settle in your gutters, their next stop will be at your home.
If you discover birds or other animals, call your local animal control center for advice.
Driveway and shipyard damage
When it comes to lawn and plants, too much water is as bad as it is insufficient. If the gutters do not drain properly, water can accumulate (even underground), killing delicate plants.
Too much water that does not drain properly can cause slippery mold to appear in the driveway or freeze in slippery ice in winter. Both of these problems can lead to falls and potentially serious injuries, especially for children and the elderly.
How to recognize damage caused by unclean gutters?
The best way to detect injuries from dirty gutters is before starting them. Visual control of your gutters during a fall (before it starts to rain) is a great place to start. If you’re not sure what to look for or you don’t feel well on a ladder, professional inspection can help.
When the weather changes, here are some warning signs that you can look for at home and in the yard:
Water pools on the lawn, near the foundation or in the driveway. All this means that the water does not drain properly. It can also mean that your downpipes are not properly connected.
Dripping gutters or gutters that are not draining at all. If the water doesn’t drain smoothly, it probably means that you have clogged or leaked somewhere in the gutters.
Water where it shouldn’t. Are there drops in your home? Pools with water in the basement? These are the main warning signs: Your foundation or roof may be at risk.
Animal life signs. Do you see mistakes in your home? Do you hear mice in the attic or walls? These creatures can nest in clogged gutters.