One of the most important parts of a home is the roof. We must not neglect our roof and gutters because the difference in a roof’s safety can affect your home’s value by thousands of dollars. This is why it is also important to have a professional come and administer any service you may need. The Gutter Man team is ready to assist you for your next inspection.
When is Best?
While you should have your gutters cleaned out twice a year, one of the best times to do so is before winter. First, what does a gutter do besides hang off the side of your home? Most importantly, they help flush away the water that would collect away from the home and put it a distance away from the home that will not hurt the homes foundation. This also helps rid the roof of any debris, such as leaves. If your gutters become clogged or have a break in them they can attract insects and cause major damage to your home.
If water isn’t flowing properly off the roof, you will likely have standing water, which attracts pests.
Water Attracts Pests
Mosquitoes love water and will be inclined to lay their eggs in your gutters. Aside from the itching, biting, and just plain annoying habits, mosquitoes carry dangerous diseases such as West Nile virus. Clogged gutters can allow water to get inside of your home and your walls. This could lead to mold, which spread and if in the air can be harmful to someone’s health. It is better to have the inspections done between late fall and early winter because you can remove anything that has built up in the gutter. Also it will not be time for ice and snow, so it will be safer for whoever is doing the inspection.
Always Hire a Professional
If you’re afraid cleaning your gutters will take too long and is too much work, you need not worry! Professionals can have the job done in no time, but if you feel the need to do it yourself there are a few tips to check into. First, it is always easier to remove dry debris but if you must do it moist wear rubber gloves under a pair of work gloves. Remove the big chunks first and put them in a designated spot, keeping them from reentering the gutter. Then use a hose to flush the smaller pieces. Next, check for slow moving water or clogs in your downspouts. All that’s left is to check for cracks and then your work is over.
Yuck, Yuck and Yuck!
A lot of Middle Tennessee is leafy and heavily treed, which is part of what makes our home as beautiful as it is. But as autumn rolls in, we’re also all reminded of how much of a headache all those beautiful trees can be, as mounds of colorful leaves fill up our gutters and stop them from being able to effectively divert water away from our home. That’s a part of why we love our K-Guard gutter protection system — it keeps debris out while allowing water to keep flowing.
Owners of standard open design gutters are all too familiar with fall gutter clogging, though. And while leaves and brush are the most obvious gutter cloggers, they’re far from the only culprits — and leaves definitely aren’t the most troubling contributors to a clogged gutter system.
The gutters on your home don’t just collect leaves and water.
There’s the mold that results from decaying organic matter and moisture sitting in once place for a long time. And then there are the unwelcome gifts from woodland creatures. Many animals don’t see your gutters as the helpful and indispensable water diverters they are — squirrels, birds and other furry and feathered friends more see your gutters as a place to hang out, nest and deposit things we’d rather not have in our home.
Animal Waste Isn’t Just Annoying, It Can Be Dangerous
Waste left by birds and other animals makes up a noteworthy part of the gutter-clogging gunk that can lead to moisture problems in your home. And while that’s indeed gross and very annoying, more than that, that waste can carry dangerous bacteria and fungus that you shouldn’t be touching.
Then there are the dangers that come with standing water. We’ve all heard about the cases of West Nile Virus found repeatedly around Nashville, and standing water in your gutters makes a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
We also have to be concerned about secondary animal issues that come with clogged gutters. Animals and clogged gutters can kind of be a vicious cycle. Animals contribute to clogging your gutters to begin with, then standing water in those clogged gutters begins to rot fascia boards and soffits, which then allows animals easy access to the inside of your home.
If you’re dealing with clogged gutters or animal issues related to your gutters, The Gutter Man can help. Give us a call, and we’ll evaluate your gutters and offer solutions that work with your budget!