Your gutters form part of your home’s first line of defense against water damage. They work with the entire roof system to protect your home from being flooded, along with other destructive issues. In this post, I will share with you the reasons why you should strive to keep your gutters clean and clear of debris, and how you can best do that.
The Importance of Gutters
Even if water is an element necessary in our lives, it can also wreak havoc on your property if it is not directed away properly. This is where your gutter system comes in. Aside from proper installation, cleaning and maintenance are huge factors that determine how well can a gutter perform its role.
Here are some of the reasons why gutters are so important:
- They help stabilize the soil and ground around the house.
- They help prevent foundation problems caused by water damage.
- They help preserve landscaping by minimizing soil erosion.
- They help prevent flooding in and around the home.
- They help reduce settling and cracking on sidewalks, driveways, and patios.
- They help protect siding, doors, and walls from water-related issues.
By knowing how important gutters are, homeowners like you can start paying more attention to them and hopefully make time to check if they need to be cleaned.
Problems You Can Avoid by Keeping Your Gutters Clean and Clear
Cleaning gutters is definitely not the most exciting activity that you can do during your spare time, which is the reason why many homeowners tend to forget about it. Chances are, you might only think about doing so after you’ve noticed that your gutters are already overflowing and spilling water, leaves, and other debris. If you need more motivation, here’s a list of the problems that you can avoid by simply keeping your gutters clean:
- Water pooling resulting in roof damage.
- Water leaking into the house, damaging the roof, ceiling, walls and floors.
- Breeding of disease-carrying mosquitoes.
- Fire hazards, in the form of accumulated leaves and other debris.
- Gutter system deterioration and damage.
Scheduling and performing gutter cleaning at least every quarter or whenever the season changes can help you keep your entire home in a good condition.
What You Can Do
Let’s face it. Cleaning gutters is not exactly a fun task. Fortunately, you can hire professionals to take care of the job for you. But you know what’s even better? Doing away with cleaning while keeping your gutters free from debris! With gutter protection, leaves, twigs and other debris are effectively kept out of your gutter system. Debris on top of a gutter protection system just falls on the ground so you don’t have to worry about regularly cleaning your gutters. Gutter protection can also include heating cables. Aside from helping prevent ice dams from forming, gutter heating cables are also convenient; install them with new or existing gutter systems. For more on how you can make the most out of your gutters, don’t hesitate to give your local contractor a call.
Eric Minkiewicz is the president of Huff N’ Puff. The son of Ed and Ruth, who started the company in 1973, he rejoined the family business from a career in finance and technology in 2001, helping it grow further with his sound business principles and knowledge. To help customers achieve their home improvement goals, Eric shares what he knows by writing for the company blog.