Gutter Maintenance

Gutter Maintenance

If you’re like most homeowners, the gutter isn’t something you ever really think of. After all, it’s only a curved piece of metal that moves water from your roof; what’s the worst that can happen, right?
Well, to answer the question – a lot.

Left unchecked, this seemingly trivial component can leave your home exposed to all kinds of irreparable damages. And not just on your roof but the very foundation of your home. You end up with an outrageous bill that could have easily been avoided with a little attention and care.

The primary function of a gutter is to direct rainwater from your roof to the ground. So if it gets clogged, the water has nowhere to escape. Naturally, it starts pooling on your roof, eventually seeping into your house.

Some issues that might develop as a result include:

Roof damage

Perhaps the most obvious effect of poor drainage is that the water accumulating in your roof will cause leaks. This can be in the roof itself, your house’s fascia, or its frame. In turn, the leaks can lead to mildew and root rot, which can cost a fortune to repair.

Might cause illness

As we’ve seen, the water seeping through your roof can support the growth of mold and mildew. And while mostly harmless, there are some types of mold that are harmful. And this can pose a risk to you and your family’s health. At the same time, the sitting water on the roof can also act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

Damage to your house’s foundation

The water pooling on your roof may also leak into your basement and flood there. If this is not addressed, it can cause cracks in your home’s foundation, making the whole structure unsafe to live in.

It can destroy your landscape

Besides your roof and basement, the excess water might also flow out in random places and into your landscape. There it will either wash away your precious flower beds and plants or accumulate in puddles and form a swamp. And you definitely don’t want that.

Durability expectation

How long a gutter system lasts is mainly determined by three things: The type of material it is made of, how properly you install it, and the frequency of maintenance.

At best, you can expect a life expectancy of no more than 40 years for aluminum materials, 50 years for copper materials, and 20 years for galvanized steel. However, to reach its maximum potential, it is vital that you do routine gutter cleaning and servicing.

How frequently should your gutters be cleaned?

Ideally, it is recommended that you clean and service your gutter twice a year. That is during the spring and the fall. However, it also depends on the climate of the place you live.

For instance, once a year might be sufficient if you reside in a hot area will few trees. However, if you experience strong winds and happen to live near a forest, you might need to clear your gutters and downspouts a little more frequently (4-5 times a year).

Signs of clogged gutters

The best way to prevent all the negative effects of clogged gutters is to prevent them from getting clogged in the first place. But besides annual cleaning, some telltale signs will tell you that your gutters need to be checked. They include:

  • The appearance of pests and insects in areas surrounding the gutter
  • Staining on your home’s siding and gutters or ceiling boards
  • Sagging gutters
  • Plants growing in the gutters
  • Water failing to flow out of the gutter as it rains
  • Presence of debris in water coming out of the gutter
  • Overflowing of the gutters

Takeaway

Gutter maintenance is an activity that is simple yet crucial for the well-being of your home. If you want to avoid all the costly side effects above, it is imperative that you regularly check and maintain your system.

If it all feels a little all too tasking to do yourself, you’d best leave it to the professionals. Which is what we at Painter Bros are here for. Don’t hesitate to call us today and let us take care of it.