Fall is here, and that means there are probably several projects around your home that need your attention before winter arrives. One of the most important projects that many homeowners overlook is cleaning their gutters. It is extremely important that the gutters on your home are functioning properly at all times, but this is especially true during the fall season.
Gutters are designed to catch the rainwater as it runs off of the roof and distribute it away from the foundation. Unfortunately, along with the rain water, the gutters also collect leaves and other debris that can interfere with the water draining correctly. The problem is many homeowners wait to have their gutters cleaned until there is a problem, such as a leaky roof. Along with avoiding the risk of a leaky roof, there are several reasons to have your gutters cleaned this fall.
Prevent Water Damage
One of the primary reasons to have your gutters cleaned is to prevent water damage. When gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, the water doesn’t have anywhere to go, so it backs up onto the roof, under the shingles and beneath the flashing. This can cause extensive and expensive damage to the roof as well as your personal belongings inside the home. When water pools on the roof, it eventually comes through, damaging the structure, the drywall and everything else in its way.
Your family’s health may be at serious risk if the moisture from the roof seeps into your home. It is common for a leaky roof to cause moisture inside the house, which can ultimately result in an accumulation of mold and mildew. This can be extremely harmful to your family’s health, especially if the mold and/or mildew is inside the walls and other areas you aren’t aware of. Mold and mildew can cause severe respiratory problems, especially for those who already experience allergies and asthma.
Clogged gutters can wreak havoc on several areas of your home, including the landscaping. Clogged gutters also are a haven for pests, such as mosquitoes, birds and termites, which can cause a great deal of damage to your home, sometimes before you are even aware of the problem. One of the most common problems resulting from clogged gutters is damages to the foundation. As the water drains from the roof, the gutters are used to direct the water away from the foundation, but if they are clogged, the water will drain straight down into the foundation of your home. Repairing the foundation is an expensive and time-consuming project.
Avoid the Hassle with Gutter Guards
It is extremely important for the value of your property as well as the health of your family that the gutters are cleaned routinely, especially in the fall when there is a greater chance of leaves falling in them and causing clogs. If you are like many other homeowners and avoid this project for as long as possible, there is an easier way to keep the gutters clean. Gutter guards are designed to allow the water to continue entering the gutter, but they prevent leaves and other debris from getting in the gutters, so the gutters will stay clean, which means you have one less project you have to worry about. Gutter guards will provide extra protection against possible damages to the structure of your home from overflowing water.
At Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement, we don't just sell garage doors, we also specialize in gutter repair and installation. One of our favorite products is the Gutter Helmet®. This gutter system is made with a textured surface, so rainwater will actually cling to it as it flows downward. It then flows over a curved edge, through a slit 3/8 of an inch wide and into the gutter system, while leaves and other debris go tumbling down to the ground.
Contact Wayne Overhead Door Sales to get Gutter Helmet® installed at your home or to learn more information about the importance of maintaining your gutters.