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Why Bother?

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.

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.