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April 13, 2023

Spring is here and it's time for your Spring-cleaning routine! This year, be sure to add your gutters to your cleaning to-do list. Your gutters should be cleaned before Winter and after Spring to keep your gutter system in great condition. To make sure your gutters are in great shape for Spring and Summer, learn why cleaning your gutters is important for your roof.

Preventing Wood Rot

Gutters clogged with leaves and other debris can cause rainwater to overflow off the side of your gutter and onto your roof. The water can result in damage to your home's facia boards, soffits, and eaves. As the water damage continues, the wood can begin to rot. Once the wood rots, mold and mildew can grow but also the integrity of the wood is harmed. With lower integrity and strength, your gutters can begin to fall away from your roof. By cleaning your gutters regularly to prevent clogging and adding gutter guards, you can prevent wood rot.

Keep Pests Away

Pests, insects, and small animals can use any source of stationary water as a drinking station. After identifying your gutters as a drinking station, the pests, and animals will continue to come back. If there are leaves and twigs in the gutters, these pests and animals could begin trying to nest inside your gutters. Once they have established their presence in your gutter, they may begin to live inside your roof. An infestation can quickly get out of hand and request in high exterminator costs.

Prevent Cracks In The Foundation

Clogged gutters cause rainwater to overflow and cascade down your exterior walls to your basement or foundation. The extra water will saturate the ground, causing the soil to expand and push on your foundation. Once the soil dries, your foundation contracts. The routine pushing and contraction can result in cracks in your foundation.

If you have a basement, the water could end up seeping its way in and cause water damage. Your windows and doors could be harmed, your flooring could become uneven, and cracks could develop in your drywall.

Keep Exterior Walls In Great Shape

Your gutters are meant to easily move rainwater down your downspouts onto the ground. When your gutters are clogged, the water cannot move to the downspouts and instead overflows onto your outside walls. Your exterior walls are not meant to endure this water runoff down the entire wall. The water could seep into your exterior walls and cause water damage. By keeping your gutters clean, you can allow them to work properly and prevent water from flowing down your exterior walls.

Along with your gutters, you should be prioritizing overall roof maintenance, including inspections, cleaning, and repairs.

Your gutter system is an essential part of your roof and requires regular cleaning and maintenance. Our team at Roof It Forward offers a free video roof inspection to make sure all elements of your roof are in good shape, including your gutter system. Schedule your free inspection today.


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