Gutter cleaning often falls to the bottom of the chore list, something that’s a hassle to do. Professional gutter cleaning by companies like United Window Cleaning take the stress out of gutter care, getting the job done safely and right the first time. When gutter care is ignored, serious consequences can occur.
Winter Ice Dams
Melting snow, sleet, and rain, plus a clogged gutter can lead to ice dams.
The University of Minnesota Extension Office defines ice dams as, “a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings, insulation, and other areas.”
Window and Siding Rot
A gutter filled with leaves, twigs, and other debris doesn’t allow for proper water flow. Instead of flowing through the gutter and into the downspout, the water can back up and overflow the sides. The water then cascades down the side of the home. Over time, the moisture saturates behind the siding and window frames, causing rot as well as mold issues. If ignored, you may need to replace siding and windows, which can be costly repairs.
Those clogged gutters really cause problems. When the water doesn’t move from the gutter to the downspout, it can collect along the edge of the home. The downspout’s job is to divert water away from the foundation. Pooling water can lead to foundation cracks and more issues.
Water in the Basement or Crawlspace
Water damage from clogged gutters is a progressive issue. It can seep into foundation cracks, causing basement and crawlspace water/moisture problems. Mold can develop in less than 48 hours after water intrusion or damage occurs. Mold in the home increases the risk for allergic reactions and is harmful for anyone suffering from asthma or other respiratory conditions.
Not only do mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, but they also can lay eggs in moist soil—like ground saturated from overflowing gutters. In addition, mosquitos as well as other bugs are attracted to stagnant gutter water. Keep the gutters debris free, and help deter pests from making their home there.
Let the professionals at United Window Cleaning handle your gutter care. At least twice a year, schedule an appointment for gutter cleaning. If your property has a lot of trees, the gutters may need more frequent cleaning. Contact United Window Cleaning for a free estimate and to schedule an appointment today.