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Why is it important to keep roof gutters clean?

Written by Posted On Thursday, 02 August 2018 06:53

Roof damage is the worst and dangerous scenario for any homeowner. There are plenty of reasons responsible for damaging the roof; it could be because of improper installation, bad material choice or because of irregular or no maintenance. The debries and the clogged gutters can worsen the situation for you as they pollute the air circulation of your house and can also cause adverse damage to the roof. The gutter cleaning is often neglected by most of the homeowners.

Cleaning the eavestrough is an important task which must be performed twice or thrice a year. The clogged gutters can cause water overflow which can cause damage the landscaping and foundation of the house. Moreover, the overflow may cause gutters to pull lose because of the increased weight and can lead to rot behind the fascia or trim. The regular maintenance and cleaning of the roof gutters by roofing contractors canton MI can protect you from a number of difficulties. Some of them are:

  1. Roof damage
  2. Leaves can build up and clog the downspouts, which can cause water damage to your roof and fascia (the board behind the gutter).  Water pouring over the gutters or from leaks can end up next to your home’s foundation, in the basement or crawlspace. Proper cleaning and maintenance can save your money and the building from the damage.
  3. Increases in pests and insects
  4. Clogged up gutters can be the perfect nesting sites of different birds, insects, and mosquitoes. If you don’t want your residence to be the alluring nesting site of a variety of pests and insects you should start giving attention to the maintenance of your house.
  5. Ice damming during winters
  6. During the winter months, clogged gutters can lead to ice damming which further will cause roof leaks. The ice will fill the gutters and will form on the rooftop; it will also form between the layers of roofing. The heat from the house will cause the ice to melt and leak into the structure.
  7. Damage to fascia
  8. The clogged gutters can lead to overflowing of water and the overflowing might increase the weight on the gutter causing it to pull apart and can damage the fascia which is an important part of the gutter system.
  9. Cracks in the foundation
  10. If water overflows and pools along your home's foundation, it can end up freezing, which can cause it to expand and generate cracks in your foundation.
  11. Overwatering garden beds
  12. The clogged gutters lead to overflow of the water and the chances are excess water will spill over the sides and into your garden area. Overwatering can damage the health of your plants and if the overwatering continues it will completely damage your garden beds as overwatering is as harmful as not watering enough.
  13. Gutter cleaning can save you from the above-mentioned issues and problems. The gutter cleaning process can be dangerous so you must hire a professional and skilled individual to clean it. Proper cleaning and routine maintenance will help you cut off the dangerous situations and will also increase the life of your structure.
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