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5 Undeniable Reasons Why Gutter Cleaning is Important for your Roof

Posted on 11 November 2018 by admin (0)

Cleaning your gutters is certainly not the most fun activity you want to do. Perhaps you’ve found yourself procrastinating and even ignoring cleaning your gutters even when it’s clear they need your attention. Gutter cleaning is very important as it ensures the longevity of your gutter system and roof. While your gutters might appear to be negligible components of your roofing system, they are responsible for moving rainwater away from your front door and foundation.

What does that mean? When your gutters aren’t functioning properly, you’re likely to be left with foundation problems, moss growth inside your home, and other issues. They play an important role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your home. Not convinced yet? Here are reasons why you shouldn’t ignore your gutters but regularly clean them.

Prevent Extensive Roofing Damage

When debris and other materials accumulate and clog up your gutter, it becomes almost impossible for water to flow. The end result will be flooding and ponding on your roof which ultimately will result in damage to your roofing material. Ponding allows or moisture to get into the underlayment and through the roofing material. Keeping your gutters clean will ensure water flows smoothly towards the downspout and away from your home.

Possible Long-Term Foundation Damage

As mentioned, unmanaged rainwater, when not directed away from your home, will continuously soak the soil and get to your home’s foundation underneath. This continuous exposure will cause the concrete foundation to liquefy and the steel to corrode and rust. Long-term foundation damage and cracking is inevitable of you don’t regularly clean your gutters, therefore.

Overflowing Gardens and Yard

The last thing a homeowner would want to do is to damage the beautiful flowers and plants in the garden beds by drowning them with water. As you already know, not watering your plants enough can be as harmful and damaging as overwatering. When your gutters are not cleaned, they clog with debris which makes it difficult for water to flow. The result is your garden and yard overflowing with water. Cleaning your gutters will ensure proper rainwater flow management thus preventing any damage to your plants.

Reduce Fascia Damage Risk

The board that you see running behind your gutter is what’s referred to as fascia. What do you think would happen to this important component when water overflows your gutter? Though it looks negligible and replaceable, it’s the component that keeps your gutters in place. Exposure to moisture and water can cause the board to crumble. Note that replacing this small but important roof part can be expensive. Clean your gutters to prevent damage to your fascia.

Prevent Pest Infestation

Lack of cleaning and poor maintenance can result in clogging followed by pooling of water. You’re well aware that this becomes an attractive environment and breeding ground for birds, mosquitoes, mice, rodents, and other pests. Mold and fungi growth also thrive in such environments. These can be dangerous as these pests can spread into other parts of your property and cause serious health problems to your family and damage to your property. Cleaning your gutters cannot be an option, therefore.