Declutter Your Gutter!
Gutters move water along the roof down to the ground, taking it away from the foundation. While it may seem tedious and mundane, not paying enough attention to the gutter can result in major damages to your home or building… and wallet.
With Halloween approaching, there’s really nothing scarier than a termite infestation. Not cleaning out your gutters can result in having termites eating at your building’s foundation like it was candy corn. This is creating an environment for disaster. These little pests love this kind of habitat because it is full of moisture! This kind of moisture softens wood creating a lovely buffet-style dinner for your little guests. What’s worse is that once you notice these little buggers, it can be a good indication that they have been there a lot longer than you think!
It’s plain and simple. You will have roof damage if you ignore your gutters for too long and especially after heavy rains! Too much solid material mulched up is going to halt the purpose of a gutter. If water starts to overflow, it can start getting too much contact on wood structures and walls. Overflowing water speeds up the wood rotting process which can mean an early retirement for your roof.
FOUNDATION & LANDSCAPE DAMAGES
As long as a gutter remains ignored, the risk for damage increases. For example, your walkways, driveways, and gardens may end up drowning in water and make you drown in costly payments. There’s also the risk of cracks in the foundation of your home/building as concrete absorbs rainwater. Walls are not meant to have much contact with water. Any foundational issues are no joke. You run the risk of even having your home’s foundation sink!
You should make sure you’re looking at the evenness of your gutters and not forget the downspout. Gutters that look like they’re sagging will probably need repairs and might need to be replaced. It could be the reason why your gutters weren’t working properly in the first place. Check on the downspout because that could be where it is clogged. A downspout is installed at a low point of your gutter system. It’s made from the same material as your gutter but consists of tubes that connect from the gutter to the ground.
We recommend “getting your mind in the gutter” twice a year and at the right seasons: Fall and Spring!
Somebody’s gotta do it…