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If you are a homeowner, you may barely even take notice of the gutter system that is surrounding the roof of your home. Gutters are efficient water redirection tools that absorb rain that is running off the roof of your home and transport it safely to the outside perimeter of your home. When your gutter system is working correctly, the rain that pounds on your roof travels along the gutter and down the drain spout finally being deposited into the ground around your home. A gutter system that is working improperly may cause rainwater to pool around your home which can severely damage your home's foundation and cause flooding or even cracks in the foundation of your house. By proactively keeping your gutters cleaned yourself or hiring a professional to maintain your gutter system, you can avoid thousands of dollars in repairs that may be necessary if your gutters fail to work properly.
The Proactive Approach to Gutter Cleaning
Many homeowners never think about their gutters until it is too late. Gutters that are working efficiently are often ignored, and homeowners may not take notice of their gutters or perform necessary maintenance on their gutters until a serious problem occurs. A proactive approach to gutter maintenance will save you money in the long run by eliminating the possibility of flooding and damage to your home's foundation. You should clean your gutters twice every year: once in the spring when the weather begins to get warmer and again in the fall before winter sets in. In the spring, your home's gutter system will have just endured the winter months. During the winter, ice and snow can collect in your gutters, weighing them down and potentially causing damage that will require repair. In the fall, your gutters need to be cleaned out because leaves and other debris can become lodged in your gutters, blocking them from effectively removing moisture.
Dangers of Cleaning Gutters Yourself
Many homeowners attempt to clean their gutters themselves, however the process comes with considerable dangers. Because cleaning gutters requires you to stand on a ladder or on the roof for extended periods of time, there is an increased chance of a fall occurring. Gutters are also made of metal and, if you aren't careful while cleaning your gutters, you may cut yourself on the metal material. Some individuals who fail to wear adequate protection when they clean gutters may receive other injuries due to parasites or other harmful elements contained in the muck that is clogging their gutters.
The Gutter Cleaning Process
When you clean your gutters, you must first remove all of the large pieces of debris that have become lodged inside your gutters. Leaves, sticks, twigs, pieces of your roofing, and even garbage can turn into a thick, nasty sludge that will clog up your down spout and the inside of your gutters. Removing this material will help water to flow more freely off your roof and away from your home. Next, you must thoroughly rinse out the inside of your gutters to ensure that there are no snags or leaks in the metal. Any protrusion, crack or hole can cause debris to accumulate which may block water from draining. Lastly, you must check for weak spots in your gutter system.
The Benefits of Hiring a Professional
Cleaning your gutters is a complicated, time-consuming, and often dangerous process that must be undertaken twice a year to ensure a proper working gutter system. Hiring a professional is a safer alternative to cleaning gutters yourself. A professional can complete the job with expertise and efficiency, saving you time and effort.