Getting your home ready for Winter involves many chores. Winterizing pipes, covering lawn furniture, re-caulking windows, you name it. But while you are going down your to-do list in preparation for the months ahead, don’t neglect this one chore!
Which chore? Gutter cleaning. It is something that is easy to ignore. Afterall, when things are out of sight, they tend to be out of mind. But if ignored for too long, it may demand your attention in other ways. Namely, in costly repairs and inconveniences. Here are the ways that gutter cleaning can save you money and prevent damage to your home.
The main purpose of your gutters is to divert water away from your home. You are surely aware of how damaging water can be when it gets into places it shouldn’t be. And when your gutters are clogged with fallen leaves, twigs, and lost toys, water is not able to be diverted away from your home in the way that it should. This can ultimately result in damage to the outside and the inside of your home.
As we mentioned, clogged gutters will result in water not being diverted away from your home properly. One way that this can prove damaging is when the water ends up pooling around your home’s foundation. Water around your home’s foundation can contribute to the development of cracks. This is especially true when temperatures outside hover around freezing. As water freezes, it expands, and this can put cracks in your foundation in no time. Cleaning your gutters can protect your home’s foundation from suffering this fate.
When water is trying to find its escape, one of the first places it runs to is your roof. If left to repeat this process for too long, it could result in a damaged, rotten, and leaky roof. The last thing you want during the Winter is for the roof over your head to fail.
Pests are quite resourceful. They will bundle up and make nests with almost anything they find outdoors. And when you leave debris in your gutters, you are leaving them a treasure trove of resources that they can use to nest with. Pests do not care that you need insulation or that that housing beam is structural, they will make themselves at home in whatever way they see fit. Don’t invite pests to make your house their home by offering them an abundance of resources.
The damages that can result from neglected gutters can be quite costly. Foundation repair, roof repair, pest mitigation, all of these come with a hefty price tag. By simply adding gutter cleaning to your list of annual Fall chores, you can save yourself a world of money.
If you suspect that your gutters or roof are damaged in some way, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Innovative Builders team! We can inspect these areas of your home and suggest solutions that make sense.
By Innovative Builders 12-27-2022