Avoid Home Damage From Clogged Gutters

guttersAs spring approaches, it’s important to make sure you’re checking off projects on your spring home maintenance checklist. One of the most important projects includes gutter cleaning. If gutters are not properly maintained and serviced they can become clogged with debris, preventing water from properly draining which could create a handful of water-related problems for your home.

Avoid these home problems by getting your gutters serviced:


Landscape Erosion.  Overflowing water can start to erode the ground near your home and affect your landscape and grass.


Roof Damage.  When water is no longer being properly drained away from the home it can leak under the roof, putting your ceilings and roof at risk.


Foundation Damage. Clogged gutters can lead to pools of water that build up near the home’s foundation. Water this close to the home is dangerous because it can penetrate the concrete foundation, causing cracks that will weaken the structure.  


Basement Flooding. Pools of water not only damage the foundation, but can also lead to water leaking inside your home and cause a basement flood.


Mold. Damp spaces are perfect breeding grounds for mold. Not only is it a health risk, but mold can also be very difficult and costly to remove.


Siding Damage. Water that spills over the side of the gutter can seep behind siding and separate it from the home, creating significant water damage. Dark streaks on siding are one sign that dirty gutter water is overflowing and not properly draining.


By properly caring for your gutters you’ll be able to avoid dealing with these unwelcome and costly problems. So, when should your gutters be cleaned? Fall and spring are the most important times of year to schedule routine maintenance. Gutters will accumulate the most debris during these two seasons, from falling leaves in autumn to falling buds in the springtime.
If gutter maintenance is not already on your annual home maintenance checklist be sure to add it to keep your home healthy and safe. Schedule your spring gutter cleaning today with Exterior Home Services! Call us or click here for a free quote.