Gutter Cleaning Tips

If your roof leaks all over while it’s raining, chances are your gutters are clogged.

You need to clear your gutters of debris materials to allow rainwater to freely pass through.

Gutters facilitate water to properly drain to the ground without making a mess of your garden. A continuous downpour of rain would cause your rooftop to overflow if its gutters are clogged.

Overflowing water will tend to go different directions in your front and backyards. The quantity and impact of overflowing water from your rooftop are what’s damaging. They may fall down on places in your garden where you least wanted them.

Should overflowing water drop straight into your front yard, your garden could get flooded. Its impact might even create hollows in your front and backyards. You garden’s landscape could get damaged as a result. The damage you may incur could be severe depending on the intensity of rainfall.

Meanwhile, waters from your rooftop may leak down through your outside walls. When this happens, your walls could be damaged especially if these are made of wood. Interior damage to drywall may also result, along with dangerous molds and dry rot.

Water leaking through walls could also damage your home’s appearance from the outside. Moist walls promote the growth of molds or algae and give your walls an awful appearance. What is worse is that leaking waters could end up in the foundations of your house.

When this occurs, the water will cause cracks or leaks within the foundations and weaken them.  Your home becomes more vulnerable to damage and destruction. An earthquake coupled by a weak foundation might even cause your home to collapse.

Clogged gutters may also cause rooftop flooding. This may corrode your roof and cause rusts to appear and destroys your roof over the long run. Water build-up in your roof may even allow mosquitoes to breed. Not only does it destroy property, clogged gutters also promote the onset of life-threatening diseases.

When it rains, clogged gutters can really make your life difficult. You may find yourself doing damage-control outside while the rain is pouring.  Just think at how you can avoid all these by simply cleaning your gutters.  Gutter cleaning, after all, is not a difficult task.

How often should you then clean your gutters? It really depends on the seasonality of where you live. The frequency of cleaning gutters must be the same as the number of seasons there are. Each season has its own share of the kind and quantity of debris that usually clog gutters.

Seasons affect how sources of debris such as trees, insects, birds and other living things behave. During Springtime, trees bear flowers and fruits which may fall down on your rooftop. Along with these are dead twigs. Birds may build their nests on your roof during Spring.

These birds after some time leave behind their nests and wastes. Insects and other living organisms are more active during springtime. They either die or leave their wastes on rooftops.

During Summer, leaves may fall on your rooftop because of storms and strong winds. In the Fall, trees shed almost all of their leaves. During Winter, ice clogs moist the rooftop.

When ice melts or when it rains, water flows down and carries all debris towards your gutters. All these debris first slow down water from draining through your gutters. In the long run, they completely block the flow of water. And you know what will happen next.

Your gutters are also prone to damage when your rooftop is full of debris. Debris materials may weigh heavily upon your gutters while clogged. With damaged gutters, water may flow out through damaged areas and go wildly in different directions. Water may even enter your house through open windows or doors.

What do you need to clean gutters? Well, you only need a ladder high enough to climb your rooftop. You may also need various household tools to get rid of the debris. These include brooms, sticks, blowers, water hoses, and other pressurized tools.

You can even just pick debris with gloved hands. Debris materials, however, may already be deep inside the gutters. If this happens, they become harder to reach. But with the use of pressurized water, you can force these materials out of the gutters.

Spending some effort in cleaning gutters translates to huge savings by preventing your home from getting damaged. All you need is time and determination.

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