Gutters. Most people have them, but nobody wants to deal with them. Once they’re up, most of us would like to just forget about them. That would be great, except that gutters need to be clean to function properly. Debris-free gutters safely direct water away from your home and back into the ground. Clogged gutters cause problems. We know gutter cleaning is one of the worst spring cleaning jobs out there, so if you need a little motivation to get up to your gutters this year, here are five important reasons to keep your gutters clean:
Protect Your Gutters
A clean gutter is a healthy, long-lasting gutter. When gutters are full of debris, water can back up in the gutter system and become trapped. When water is trapped in one spot, it puts additional pressure on gutter joints, and all that wet debris can weigh gutters down. Over time, this can lead to cracks, rusting, and leaks that threaten the lifespan of your entire gutter system. The only thing worse than cleaning the gutters is putting in new ones. Your gutters are a big investment. Keep them clean, and they’ll be around for a long time.
Prevent Wood Rot and Mold
When gutters are full of debris, rainwater can’t flow through them, down, and away from your home. This can lead to damp conditions around your house, causing mold and wood rot around the fascia of your home — the part of your roof where your gutters are typically attached. Mold is bad for obvious reasons: it can cause health problems, and worse, it’s often difficult to see and get rid of. Wood rot is more obvious. When your fascia boards begin to rot, they compromise the structure of your gutter system, which can lead to more expensive problems down the line.
Keep Out Ice Dams
If your home struggles with ice dams, as many homes in Holland and Michigan’s other lake-effect regions do, cleaning your gutters is one way to keep them at bay. When there’s debris in your gutters, it’s easier for icicles to form and build up back on your roof. Clean gutters, on the other hand, make it easy for melted snow to slide safely away from your home, helping you keep out ice dams.
Keep Your Basement Dry
Many Holland homes struggle with basement flooding, especially in the spring as the snow melts and more water than usual is sitting in the earth around your foundation. What you might not know is that clogged gutters can also be to blame for water in your basement. When gutters are clogged, water spills over the sides of the gutter, rather than traveling down the downspout and away from your home. This means that all of that water is heading right for your foundation. In the spring, when everything’s already damp and muddy, this can be just too much for your foundation to keep up with, which is how you end up with water in your basement.
Protect Your Siding
Cleaning your gutters also helps protect and prolong the life of your siding. Clean gutters direct water properly, while clogged gutters can cause water to spill out and over the gutter. When water is constantly dripping down your siding, rather than being directed away, you end up with water damage. Water will find and seep into cracks in vinyl siding, and it can cause wood rot on homes with a cedar shake or log exterior. Either way, the simple solution is to keep those gutters clean.
We know that cleaning gutters can be a long, hard, and dirty job. Even when you know all of the reasons why you should keep your gutters clean, it can still be difficult to get up there and do the work. If you’re not up to cleaning out your gutters this season, get in touch with the Werner Roofing professionals.
We’re happy to clean gutters and inspect your roof to make sure it’s in perfect condition for the rest of the year. Whether you’re in Holland, Muskegon, or elsewhere on the lakeshore, we’d love to help. Give us a call at 616-844-5382 or contact us online for a free estimate today!