Now that fall is here and the leaves have begun to change, there are many projects around the house that you should be working on in preparation for winter. The one that most often gets overlooked is gutter cleaning. For busy homeowners, this inconvenient task is often pushed to the bottom of the to-do list, but routine gutter cleaning is a vital part of good home maintenance.
The problem is many homeowners put off this task until their gutters are either overflowing or so much debris has collected in them that they start pulling away from the roof. To put it bluntly, for a home, this method of maintenance is the equivalent of waiting until you have a heart attack to lower your cholesterol!
How Clogged Gutters Can Damage Your Home
Gutters clogged with leaves, twigs and other tree debris can cause significant damage by preventing water from draining away from your home. This can result in water damage to multiple areas, including the soffit, fascia, roof decking, siding, landscaping, other plants and trees, and the foundation. When temperatures reach the freezing point, any water that isn’t able to drain freely will turn to ice, which could potentially cause the gutters to pull away from the eaves, or even contribute to ice dams that can cause water to back up and leak into the walls.
Ask yourself, “When was the last time my gutters were checked?” If it’s been a year or more, now is the time to call on a local expert to help you, because there’s a good chance that debris has built up in the system. By cleaning out your gutter system so water can flow freely without resistance, you’ll avoid a lot of unnecessary damage.
Contact Gutter Helmet® Today to Learn More
For more information about a permanent solution to the threat of water damage to your home, contact the experts at Gutter Helmet® today. Our tough gutter covers are the best gutter guard system available. Gutter Helmet comes in a variety of colors to enhance your roofline, so it beautifies as it protects!
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