How to know when to clean your gutters
Gutter clogs can do serious damage to your home, putting you and your family at risk. This can include damage to your roof, siding, foundation, landscaping, and more. The damage doesn’t stop there but can move inside your home with leaks and even mold.
The best way to protect your home is to be sure that rainwater is able to be diverted quickly and properly away from your home to the designated drainage area.
Signs to look for:
You can see leaves or debris from the ground
This is one of the easiest signs to know that it’s time to clean out your gutters. If you can see it, you can be sure they aren’t moving water as they should.
Water flows over them
The next time it’s raining, step out and take a look to see where the water is flowing. If it’s coming over the edge, then it can lead to leaks, mildew, and even mold. If water is flowing over the edge, it’s definitely time to have the gutters cleaned.
Gutters are sagging
If the gutters are sagging, that is usually a sign that there is debris settling in the gutter and the weight is pulling it down (debris + water = HEAVY). If this is happening, act quick! This can harm your gutters and they may possibly need to be replaced entirely.
Soffits and fascia growing mold/mildew
Organic material that collects in your gutters trap moisture and decompose. This material along with moisture gives mold, mildew, and algae a perfect place to grow. If you see green stuff in or around your gutters, you need to have them checked out.
Pests and birds in gutters
Clogged gutters are a great place for pests, birds, and even rodents to hang out. The moisture and decomposing debris create the perfect spot for them to nest. If you see squirrels, birds, or insects in the area, it’s about that time to have your gutters checked out and cleaned.
Puddles around the base of your home
If you notice puddles around your home after a rain, then something’s not right. One of the reasons may be that your gutters may be clogged and the water is falling over the edge instead of away from the home. This creates standing water at the base of your home that can soak into the foundation and cause cracks and possible water damage.
It’s easy to overlook regular home maintenance duties such as gutter cleaning. If you are in need, or if you have any questions, we’re here to help!