Winter will soon be here. It's time to make sure your home is ready for the onslaught of wet weather. That means it's time to clean and repair your rain gutters. If you've been overlooking your gutters, you could be setting yourself up for some problems later. You see, gutters aren't just for diverting water away from your front porch. Your rain gutters provide a variety of protective services for your home. Here are three reasons why you need to clean your gutters before winter arrives.
Protect Your Roof
Your rain gutters need to protect your roof from water and ice damage this winter. When your gutters are clogged and dirty, the water can't flow away from your roof quickly enough. As a result, rain water can seep under the shingles, which can lead to roof damage and mold growth. Dirty rain gutters can also lead to the formation of ice dams along the edge of your roof. As the water freezes in the gutters, the ice is pushed up under the shingles. Ice continues to accumulate until the weight is too much for your gutters to bear. When that happens, the gutters will separate from your home, causing damage to your roof. Avoid roof damage by cleaning your gutters before the freezing temperatures set in.
Prevent Water Damage
If your gutters are not properly maintained, rain water that should be diverted away from your home can end up pooling along the foundation. If you have a basement, that water can seep in through the windows and doors, leading to flooding and water damage. The excess water can also cause foundation damage, which can undermine the structural integrity of your home. You can prevent water damage by making sure that your downspouts are directed away from your home.
Reduce Pest Infestations
If your gutters are filled with leaves, dirt, and other debris, they can become the perfect nesting place for winter pests. Unfortunately, once winter pests – such as mice and rats – begin nesting in your gutters, they can use your roof as access into your attic. From there, they can cause extensive damage. To prevent nesting, be sure that your gutters are clean and free of debris before winter arrives.
If you've got rain gutters, you owe it to yourself, and your home, to clean and repair them before the cold, wet weather arrives. If your rain gutters are severely damaged, be sure to schedule a maintenance appointment with your contractor.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.