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How to Keep Your Gutters Clean in the Spring

Spring cleaning is usually a great opportunity to tackle projects that they normally don’t have time for during the rest of the year. Typically this involves indoor tasks such as organizing the pantry or scrubbing the basement floor. But your gutters are one spring cleaning necessity that you probably don’t think about as the weather turns warmer.

 

1. Protect your gutters

Gutters clog over time as fall leaves cover your roof and rain washes those leaves into your gutters. This can lead to serious issues.

Winter and spring storms add branches, dirt, and other debris. This can create a heavy buildup that weighs down on your gutters. If your gutters fill up with enough debris, they can rip them off of the edges of your roof. That creates an expensive repair rather than a relatively cheap cleaning job.

 

2. Prevent wood rot and mold

When gutters contain debris, they keep water from escaping properly. Instead, water follows the path of least resistance and seeps into the wood walls and roof of your home. This can cause several problems, including wood rot, which creates another costly repair or replacement job.

In a worst-case scenario, the wood rot may lead to a safety hazard if anything caves into your house. Furthermore, water seepage can lead to the development of mold, which also requires a separate process to get rid of, and mold causes health issues if left untreated.

 

3. Keep out pests

Critters like to take refuge in clogged gutters. Unclean gutters lead to the development of large populations of vermin such as mosquitoes, wasps, ants, and even larger animals like squirrels and mice.

 

4. Get rid of ice dams

Ice dams typically form during cold weather when water becomes trapped in gutters and freezes.

This creates a natural dam that further prevents water from escaping your roof area. This adds to the problems already created when gutters clog with leaves and debris. You should get rid of ice dams as soon as possible by fully cleaning out your gutters.

 

5. Preserve your paint job

Avoid having to repaint areas of your house later on by cleaning your gutters keeps the water running away from your home.

When water backs up due to blocked gutters, it starts to trickle down the sides of your home. Backed up water trickling can cause damage to your paint job over time as the paint starts to flake away under the relentless stream of water.

 

6. Avoid damage to your home

When your gutters get a blockage, the water in them can get backed up and pool on your roof instead. Water on your roof can turn into leaks that, if left untreated, can cause collapses and severe damage to your home. This is not only a structural issue but also a safety issue. This situation creates thousands of dollars in liability.

 

7. Help gutters function more efficiently

By cleaning out your gutters, you ensure that you get the water away from areas where it can impact your home, such as the basement or cellar area. When water pools around the foundations of a home it can seep into your basement area. This creates floods that damage the interior of your home. It can also seep into cracks in your foundation and expand when frozen.