Why you need to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year
Going up ladders to spend to afternoon cleaning out dirt from your gutter is not how anyone will love to ‘relax.’ However, gutter cleaning is one of the top routine maintenance you need to do to keep your home free from roof damage and leaks.
How often should you clean your gutter? That depends on how much you care about a clean and healthy home, but a minimum of twice a year should be able to do the trick. If you are planning to clean your gutters twice a year, the best periods to clean them are; early spring before the rains come, and late autumn before the biting cold of winter.
Reasons you should clean your gutter twice a year
A stitch in time saves nine, and it is the same with most homeowners. Gutter cleaning is more than removing debris from the roof and involves making the house both aesthetically pleasing and hygienic.
Leaks and sagging of the roof
Blocked gutter ways will prevent the free ebbing of water on your roof, which will cause a stagnated body of water around it. Stagnated water on the roofs is dangerous because it places stress on the drainage pipes/gutters. Too much dead weight on your gutter way can lead to sagging or water leaking into the homes.
Prevent disease-causing organisms from nesting
Molds, mildew, algae, and other fungi/bacteria thrive in clogged or broken gutters and will continue to spread till they get into the homes. These organisms can lead to different allergies and contaminations for the inhabitants. Cleaning and mending your gutter regularly is the best alternative to prevent the growth/spread into your home.
Keep away Pests and insects
Pests and insects like to rummage through debris and clogged gutters to look for food. And if they are there for long enough, they might consider breeding in your gutter ways. When pests/insects become regular callers on your roof, it will not be long before they move into the home.
Prevent cracks in the structure
The spring and winter seasons come with lots of downpours (rain or snow), and if the water escapes to the foundations of your home, it will lead to weakening and cracks on the wall. When your gutter is clogged, it makes water flow in any other route it can find and flow into sensitive parts of your homes. Frozen water can also start expanding within the walls during winter and affect the structural integrity of your home.
Damage to your roof/wooden structures in the house
If water/debris/organisms block your gutter, they start to have effects on the roofing material of your home. Water and other micro-organisms will make metallic roofs to start corroding, and wooden materials around the roof to wither.
Cleaning your gutter twice is the best way to keep your pathway free from clogs, debris, and infestation. If your gutter gets damaged, it will be costlier to fix it than you will spend maintaining it regularly.
A properly cleaned gutter will not only keep the structural integrity of your house but will make it aesthetical pleasing.