Alpine Gutters & Downspouts understand how keeping your rain gutters clean protects your house. Take a look of these great reasons why gutters should be inspected and properly cleaned every year.
By protecting your gutters, you are in a sense protecting your home from safety hazards too. But it is also important to mention that cleaning your gutters can be a dangerous job, especially for the elderly, or where there may be a greater chance of falling because of the height of the roof or the temperatures outdoors. Don’t ever try to clean your gutters without someone standing by to help or hold the ladder sturdy, and never attempt to do a job that could cause you serious injury. Alpine Gutters & Downspouts is in the business of providing you with the proper tools, experienced installers and maintenance crews, and affordable systems for all budgets.
Bugs, Pests and small animals
Not only will a bird’s nest or small rodents nest cause clogging in your gutters, but they also attract larvae from mosquitoes and other flies or insects, which may carry diseases. The importance of clean gutters is that by keeping this type of debris out of your system, you’ll protect not only yourself but your family and fellow animals friends. Illnesses such as West Nile virus are extremely dangerous for children and pregnant women but are easily avoided by eliminating potential breeding grounds for larvae. Do not provide a hospitable home in your gutter systems for these creatures, as everyone will suffer for it!
If the water runoff does not have a clean pathway, it will drip down the sides; this causes the siding to rot, and even pull away from the side of the house, causing unsightly stains on your siding and creating ice dams in the gutters in the winter. The roof may also show signs of rotting, which may lead to replacing tiles and replacing the gutter system to rectify the issue.
The home’s foundation can also be affected because the gutters send water to part of the yard or area around your house that can absorb it. But when the gutters are broken or overflowing, the water drips down, causing cracks which will eventually make their way into the basement or other susceptible areas. Mold and rot indoors will be the end result, and it can even chip away at the foundation of the home, causing outrageously expensive repairs in the future, not to mention toxic molds.
Remember, gutter systems are a huge help for your home and can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. But they are a solution that requires ongoing cleaning and checking.
Now that you are aware of the importance of clean gutters, give Alpine Gutters & Downspouts a call today for an estimate on cleaning, repairs or maintenance. We look forward to hearing from you and giving you the best quality gutter systems, as well as friendly and responsive service.