When it comes to home maintenance tasks, gutter cleaning often takes a backseat. However, getting someone to clean your gutters on a regular basis should be near the top of your to-do list. Neglecting to clean your gutters out regularly can have dire consequences. The following are some of the reasons why you should keep your home’s gutters clear at all times:
Roof water overflows
A gutter system that hasn’t been properly cleaned out can get clogged. This will lead to rainwater building up in your gutters instead of being properly drained out. There are a number of issues that can result from a roof water overflow. Once water overflows, it can accumulate near the foundation of your house. This can lead to water leaking into your basement. The presence of water sitting against the foundation of your home can also lead to structural issues, such as foundation cracks. It’s also important to remember that homeowner’s insurance policies often don’t cover water damages caused by flooding, which means that in this case, there’s a good chance you’ll have to pay for repairs or replacements out of pocket.
The wood fascia around your house can be damaged if water backs up due to clogged gutters. This is because the wood will be affected by moisture damage. Affected areas will continue to rot until the leak is eliminated by having the gutters cleaned.
If your gutters are not able to drain properly, they will take on extra weight as it rains. This can lead to the gutters ripping off of your home’s structure, which can be costly to replace or repair.
When your gutters are blocked, water can easily leak into your roof, causing damage to the structure of your home, such as your walls and ceilings. Not to mention that if water begins leaking in, any furniture or possessions that stand in the way can be damaged. While much of this is often covered by homeowner’s insurance, having to go through the process of claiming insurance and replacing everything that was damaged can be a real hassle.
Cleaning your gutters is an important task if you want to prevent damage to your home and surrounding landscape. Because getting up to the roof can be dangerous a professional should be contacted. Imperial Roofing Contractor has been providing quality roofing services in the Tampa area since 1968. Contact us today for your gutter cleaning and maintenance needs.