Most homeowners never give their gutters a second thought, but gutters are a vital aspect of keeping a home structurally sound. A gutter system will handle thousands of gallons of water and ensure that the home’s foundation, walls, and roof are protected even during the heaviest California storms.
If you’ve been neglecting your autumn and spring gutter cleaning sessions, here are some reasons to haul that ladder out and get your gutters back into working order:
Overflowing water will often run down the sides of your home, especially if you have a blocked down-pipe. This water accumulation will penetrate the siding as well as seep through window frames into the walls.
Wooden siding and window frames are particularly vulnerable to water damage, and constant exposure to water will cause your siding to warp and rot. If water manages to get into the walls, you’ll also have to deal with dampness problems like mold growth, poor air quality, and compromised structural integrity.
Gutters that have debris piling up will become significantly heavier than they should be. This extra weight puts strain on the joint between the gutter and the wall and may result in the gutter completely detaching from the wall.
Constant exposure to water due to clogs will also weaken the structural integrity of your gutter. During a heavy storm, you may find that your gutter will crack completely, spilling water all over your home and leaving it even more vulnerable to water damage.
While most of the water will flow over a clogged gutter, some will remain behind on the roof. Standing water is one of the biggest causes of roof damage and can be expensive to repair. It will also take years off your roof’s lifespan, meaning you’ll have to replace it earlier than expected.
Gutter downpipes direct water to places where it can’t do any damage. If your gutters are clogged, the water gets more evenly distributed and will saturate the ground near the foundation. Prolonged moisture exposure can damage even the most sturdy foundations by causing the concrete to deteriorate and any wooden beams to rot.
A compromised foundation can put your entire home’s structural integrity at risk, and shifting can cause extensive wall cracks that will let even more water into the home. Foundation repairs are some of the most expensive for a home and often require demolishing and replacing floors.
Prolonged flows of heavy water, like from overflowing gutters, can kill many sensitive plants. Few plants can cope with oversaturated soil, and you may start to notice that your grass dies off faster than you can replant it. Since your yard is a big part of your home’s curb appeal, dealing with water damage can quickly become time-consuming, frustrating, and costly.
At Curb Appeal Power Clean, we understand that cleaning out gutters isn’t fun. That’s why we offer comprehensive gutter cleaning services, leaving you with enough free time to sit back and relax instead. It’s the time for autumn gutter cleaning, so give us a call today to schedule an appointment.