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Importance of Gutter Cleaning

9/28/2022 (Permalink)

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Cleaning out your gutters in the spring and fall isn’t just about keeping up your home’s appearance, clogged gutters can lead to major damage to your home. Clogged gutters can cause excess water to overflow and collect around the foundation of your home. Excess water can cause cracks in the foundation of your home. Damaged foundation may lead to structural damage.

If your gutters aren’t working properly your roof won’t either. Clogged gutters can lead to deteriorating shingles, rotting roof deck, wet insulation, water in your home, and damage to your ceiling and walls. It’s not just the outside of your home that’s at risk of water damage. Water can seep through to the inside of your roof. Your homes walls, doors, and window frames are not designed to withstand excess water exposure.

Leaves that clog up your gutters will begin to decompose and eventually rot. In a wet climate mold can start to grow and thrive, leaving the exterior of your gutters looking filthy. Decomposing leaves may also attract unwanted tenants like bugs, and other critters.

Whether you hire professional gutter cleaning or do it yourself, it’s important to inspect your gutters at least 1-2 times a year in the spring and fall. If you have trees close to your home that shed often you may want to check your gutters more frequently. After a severe storm has passed it’s also important to check your gutters for any leaves, branches, and debris that may have found their way to your roof.

SERVPRO of Spencer & Iowa Great Lakes specializes in the cleanup and restoration of residential and commercial property after a fire, smoke, or water damage event. We can handle any size disaster! 

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