Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Maintaining Gutters
New home owners have a lot to think about when they move into a home, and even seasoned home owners might often forget to check the gutters. However it is an important task that if ignored can end up having some serious ramifications that could be detrimental to someone’s income or home.
Forgetting to clean the gutters might seem like a small thing but the side effects can wreak havoc on one’s bank account, and even the health of you and your family.
Neglected gutters can get backed up which will cause a disturbance in the flow of water when it rains, and even worse could destroy parts of the roof over the winter.
As unappealing as it may be, gutter maintenance is crucial, and you’ll regret it if you forget it.
Save Yourself Some Money
Neglecting to clean the gutters can cause some serious financial ramifications. Water flow is an essential part to the design of a house, and the roof in general is designed to ensure that water flows in proper directions, doesn’t pool, and isn’t distributed in poor areas. Backed up and clogged gutters can disrupt or completely change the flow of water down a house, instead of following the designed path it could flow down the side of the house. This can cause a number of seriously negative, and costly, damages including peeling paint, rotting wood, flooding basements or worst of all foundation damage. Long term water damage can cause the foundation of the house to rot and potentially even deteriorate.
Foundation repairs range from $5,000 to $40,000 and always make it impossible to sell the house in the future.
This kind of damage can cripple a family’s income and potentially hinder them for the rest of their lives.
Avoid Unwanted Pests
A gutter is a natural safe haven for birds, they love to build nests in there, especially if it’s all jammed up and not flowing with water every time it rains. This can lead to dozens of problems, like insect infestations, rotting and deteriorating roof conditions and further clogging and damage to the gutter system which could lead to potentially hazardous results to your home. The insect problem goes even deeper if water begins to pool on the roof because of clogged gutters. Many insects such as mosquitos thrive in small shallow standing pools of water, it is where they nest and breed. Inconsistent gutter maintenance can lead to your home becoming the newest breeding ground for mosquitos, flies and all sorts of other pests.
Not only will pests contaminate your household but irregular gutter maintenance may even lead to some serious illnesses such as West Nile from the mosquitos.
Get it Done Before Winter
The one thing worse than clogged and dirty gutters, is frozen clogged and dirty gutters. Not only is it almost impossible to clean properly, but it will surely do damage to your gutter system. Most of the junk that would get jammed up in the gutters will become a wet and moldy mush if left unattended through the spring summer and fall, leaving it to freeze into a solid mass during the winter. This mass will expand and can crack your gutters, maybe even destroy them completely, leading to a very expensive and tedious replacement job come spring.
Take the initiative and get the job done regularly throughout the fall season to make sure everything is free and clear for those winter months or it will end up costing you not only hard-earned dollars, but even more precious and valuable time.
Keep On Top of It
Loosing track of the condition of your household gutter system won’t be the end of the world, but it will cost you money. It might seem like a difficult task and maybe even impossible if you don’t own a proper ladder or your house is just too difficult to get up to on your own.
Don’t risk life and limb, there are many organizations and companies out there who a professionals and will safely, effectively and efficiently maintain your gutters without you having to pay an arm and a leg. It’s important to check and clean yourself if you can, and while it may seem like a needless expense to hire a crew to regularly maintain them for you, it is a form of insurance that will save you thousands of dollars in the future, and even more importantly will keep you and your family healthy and safe.