At some point throughout home ownership we have to deal with our gutters. No matter if you’re buying a new home with no gutters installed or you’re replacing old gutters, it’s something everyone goes through as a homeowner.
One of the most common mistakes homeowners make when it comes to gutters, is that they fail to maintain them once they’re installed.
To help you protect your home, here are five reasons to have your gutters cleaned this spring.
1. Prevents flooding
If there is too much debris in the gutters it can lead to blockages and water accumulation. Once water isn’t able to flow into the downspouts and away from your home, the gutters can begin to overflow which can cause basement flooding.
2. Prevents rot and excess moisture
An excess of water near your roof line, due to gutter blockages, can lead to deterioration of the surrounding materials , including shingles, wood and siding.
Stagnant water accelerates the growth of organisms like moss and mildew on the outside of your home.
3. Protects your landscaping
When your gutters are overflowing and not draining the water as intended, the water can be damaging your different types of landscaping. It can be the gardens close to your house or your patio stones. The landscaping can deteriorate quickly due to the force of the water as well as the pooling of water.
4. Prevents mosquito nests
Let your family enjoy your outdoor space without having to worry about a mosquito infestation. Bugs thrive in wet areas, with a spring gutter cleaning the water will channel away from your home, leaving less water for the nests!
5. Protects your homes foundation
A home foundation repair can be an expensive fix. The best way to avoid that is to have the excess water running away from your house and foundation. The best way to do that is to have a gutter cleaning system that is clean and able to channel the water as it is supposed to.
When it comes to home ownership, it is the small preventative measures you take when you see the warning signs that protect your home and it’s long-term condition.
Keep these five reasons in mind when you’re thinking of gutter cleaning in Ottawa this spring.
What tips and tricks have you found to protect your home this spring?