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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Maintaining Your Gutters - Know How

What You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Gutters

Functioning as a vital component of a long-lasting roofing system, gutters and downspouts serve as the main system in leading water away from your home, which could prevent many issues associated with water buildup. However, not maintaining a proper gutter system could expose your house to unnecessary risks such as roofing leaks, mold and mildew, foundation issues and more. One of the easiest ways to prevent such issues is by periodically checking your gutter system for clogged debris and other unwanted materials. If your gutters are backed up and the issue is not addressed immediately, this backup could lead to a complete roof replacement regardless of the roof’s age or condition.

Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year to prevent water from backing up and debris from clogging the downspout. However, depending on the location of your home, they may need to be cleaned more often. Regular inspections and cleaning of gutters can elongate the life of your roofing system, and cause you less stress and worry. Although a smaller detail in the grand scheme of a roofing system, gutters can actually save you thousands of dollars in repair or replacement of your roof. Simple cleaning of gutters can prevent any unnecessary damages to your home’s foundation, roofing system, and walls or windows. Inspecting the gutters for damage associated with weather can assist in preventing any further damage to your roofing system.

It is also important to inspect your gutters for signs of other problems such as insect or rodent infestations. Clogged or poorly functioning gutters can quickly lead to pest infestations, such as mosquitos, termites and carpenter ants, and can lead to issues with your roof that may cause pests such as mice to nest in your attic. Applying a quick fix solution to get rid of the problem will only yield short-term results. To insure long-term success, it is important to identify the real issue and address it with a hands-on approach.

No matter your roofing system, gutters are an important aspect that should not be overlooked. Doing so may cause more harm than good, and it may cost you more than just a financial inconvenience; it’ll cost you piece of mind.

~ Meghan Beck