March 27, 2019 | Barb Huntley
Gutters are the lifeline that protects your home from water damage. If you ignore their upkeep the interior and exterior of your home will suffer dearly. Gutters reroute water away from the foundation of your home. They safely guide access water away from your roof and siding so water won’t build up and cause expensive damages.
How do they become clogged?  Leaves, twigs, and debris from trees accumulate in your gutters when fall arrives and brings the foliage down with it. This debris gets washed off your roof during rainfall and builds up in your gutters over time.
The risks of clogged gutters – The debris that gets stuck in your gutter can quickly start to pile up. The nice piles of twigs and leaves can become an excellent home for pests and inspects. Those piles will block proper water drainage which can lead to leaky roofs and pooling of water. Water damage to the interior or exterior of your home is a serious matter. It weakens the foundation and is costly to fix.
How to clean them – When the snow starts to melt get out your ladder and grab a bucket and gloves. You can clean out your gutters by yourself by removing the debris by hand and then spraying down the gutter with a hose. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up on a ladder or if you think there is too much debris to remove on your own, you can always call a professional to do the job for you.
So, as the snow begins to melt, prepare yourself to clean out your gutters to prevent water damage from melted snow!


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