Keeping your gutter and downspouts clean offers a lot of benefits. But cleaning the gutter regularly on your own can be time-consuming and even dangerous. That is why you should depend on a Dowers Power Wash gutter cleaning service to get the job done for you. When you try to clean the gutters by yourself, you could end up harming yourself in the process or causing more damage to your home.
Importance of Professional Gutter Cleaning
The gutter should be thoroughly cleaned regularly. The frequency at which it has to be cleaned depends on your location. This is because where you are can say a lot about the weather, temperature, and environment your home is exposed to. For example, if you tend to have lots of tall trees around your home, the gutters may need to be cleaned frequently as leaves and small tree branches can easily clog your gutter. But generally, the gutter should be cleaned at least two times every year.
What Happens if Your Gutter is Dirty?
Your gutters play an important role in your roofing system. When they are dirty, they can bring different issues such as the following:
- Flooding. The gutters of your roof lead rainwater away from your house. If they are clogged, water will overflow and spread to different parts of your house, including the basement. You may not worry about this if the rain stops right away. But when there is lots of rainfall, flooding can happen.
- Water damage. If rainfall travels down to your home’s sides, it can flow into the sidings, in the window frames, or under the flooring. Over time, this leads to water damage. Also, rainwater can pool under the driveway and cause holes or cracks. These flaws will put you at risk of tripping and can damage your cars.
- Foundation issues. A clogged gutter can result in issues with the foundation of your home. If you have a basement, slab, or crawl space, the overflowing water from the gutter can seep underneath. When there is too much water, the sand, dirt, and clay under your house can be compromised, causing a shift in the foundation. Over time, this results in the formation of cracks in the foundation or buckling.
- Roof damage. When the gutters are blocked, water will go down or stay put. Unfortunately, standing water can cause the roof shingles to deteriorate and be saturated. In this case, your roof deck can get damaged.