One of the top reasons to clean your gutters is to prevent water damage, a leading cause of structural damage. Gutters are intended to channel water off the roof and away from your home and its foundation.
However, a clogged gutter floods your foundation, thereby reducing the integrity of your building. Besides spoiling your foundation, a blocked gutter can also cause roof leaks that can damage your ceiling, your walls, your floor, your fascia board, and other parts of your building.
If left unmanaged, such loss can reduce the stability of your building, thereby reducing its value. Cleaning your gutters is among the primary ways of maintaining your structure’s glory.
Another reason why you should consider cleaning your gutters is to eliminate the leaves, twigs, and any other debris that serves as nesting and breeding places for pests like rats, mice, insects, birds, and mosquitoes that may carry the deadly West Nile Virus.
Furthermore, the debris in your gutter may decompose to form an organic matter that supports the growth of tree seedlings, fungi, and other plants. It is common knowledge that pests like mosquitoes, rats, and other bugs that breed in a clogged gutter may spread deadly diseases.
On the other hand, tree seedlings can damage your roof while giving your home an unsightly appearance. Regular gutter cleaning eliminates pest’s nesting areas, and it gets rid of the organic matter where plants thrive on.
Landscaping is a critical process that improves the aesthetics of your home. Besides adding beauty to your home, landscaping also enhances the value of your home, regulates temperature extremes, and improves your home's comfort and livability.
However, did you know that a clogged gutter can damage your landscaping? Unmanaged water from clogged gutters can cause soil erosion, sweep away your cherished flowers, or even destroy the plants that you chose for your landscaping.
Clean gutters and downspouts/leaders channel rain water away from your landscape, thereby eliminating soil erosion and any other damage that may be associated with unmanaged water flow to your landscape project. In certain situations, the water can be purposefully channeled into certain flower beds and gardens to help eliminate the need for watering.
SOURCE: Ned Stevens
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