Wednesday, 14 April 2021

3 Dangers of Not Cleaning Your Gutters

Cleaning out your gutters can be an unpleasant and intimidating task. Many of us avoid doing it because we would rather not climb up a ladder, can’t be bothered, or simply don’t know how. But whether you are going to clean your gutters yourself, or choose to hire someone to do it for you . . . here's why you really shouldn't neglect cleaning your gutters this Spring.

Gutters serve the critical function of diverting water away from your home, and once your gutter system fails, this can lead to costly damage and repairs. First on the list  . . .

1. Damaged Gutters 

Dangers Of Not Cleaning Your Gutters roof damage

When your gutters are full of debris they can become very heavy and bend and pull away from your house. Fixing or replacing your gutters is far more costly than a simple cleaning. Worse yet, the water can leak into your home, potentially, leading to . . .

2. Weakened Foundation

Dangers Of Not Cleaning Your Gutters weakened foundation

Water can cause the soil under your foundation to shift and crack. When this happens, your home is literally on shaky ground. In extreme cases, water damage can actually cause structural failures in a house. 

3. Basement Flooding

Dangers Of Not Cleaning Your Gutters basement flooding

When there’s nowhere else for your water to go, it'll end up in your basement. The longer you leave your gutters clogged and dirty, the more water can pool around your home’s foundation. As the water overflows and runs down the side of your home, it will eventually leak into your basement walls. When this happens it can cause mold to grow, unpleasant smells, water damage and eventually flooding. If your basement isn’t waterproofed, this can cause serious damage to your home.

The best time to clean your gutters is before these kinds of damage can occur. In general, we recommend cleaning your gutters at least once a year (twice if necessary).  And the best time to do it is in the Springtime (before the rain!).

Don't neglect this important aspect of home maintenance!  

Give Heights Residential a call. We'd be happy to help. We will clear and flush the gutters and even give you a 9 point inspection to let you know about any potential problems with your gutters or roof. 780-488-8714

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