An often overlooked responsibility homeowners should try to stay on top of are their gutters. From ensuring the home is equipped with them to keeping up with cleaning, repairs, and maintenance it can be more work than one may have initially anticipated. Below we break down everything related to gutter maintenance including cleaning, damage prevention, and the tell tale signs around your property that can indicate gutter problems.
Gutters face rain, sun, wind, and snow on a daily basis and the weather tends to play the largest part in determining how often they will need to be cleaned. If your property is located somewhere it frequently rains or is windy, chances are your gutters will need to be addressed two to four times a year, especially if you’re located near many trees. If your property is located down in sunny southern California then you can probably get away with annual or semi-annual cleanings.
Taking steps to prevent gutter problems before they occur help save you countless hours of headache and thousands of dollars in damages. Gutters left ignored for long can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, cockroaches, spiders, rats and more. The unchecked presence of animals, mold, and algae can eventually build up enough that gutters can become clogged and lead to costly flooding issues. A simple way to prevent all of these issues is to install high quality gutter guards and maintain cleanings.
What to Look For
Unless you spend much time up on the roof you probably have no idea what state your gutters are in. Without even stepping foot on the roof there are a few major tell tale signs to watch out for that can point to more serious problems with your gutters. For example, an increased presence of mosquitos around the property can demonstrate there may be standing water in the gutters. Flooding around the building can indicate your gutters are clogged, which can eventually even lead to foundation erosion.
If you can’t remember the last time your gutters were paid any attention or have come across one of the tell tale signs of gutter damage, it can quickly become quite the time intensive project. For your personal safety and to save you countless hours of work we recommend bringing in the experts. Visit our website for a list of our services or call us at (410) 360-7887 for more information.
With the start of the New Year, everyone strives to become
better versions of themselves, setting goals and signing up for gym memberships.
However, the New Year doesn’t just have to be a fresh start for you; it can
also be a fresh start for your home. Maybe last year, you slacked a little on
your home maintenance – who hasn’t? But that doesn’t mean this year needs to
follow suit. Give your home the attention that it deserves by setting some New Year’s
This year, consider
hiring our technicians to give your home some TLC! With a pressure washing
service, we will be removing all of the dirt and grime from your home –
literally giving you a fresh start! Furthermore, we will remove the harmful
elements from your home’s exterior that can cause damage in the long run. You
can also enlist our gutter cleaning services to prevent build up and help your
year start out on the right foot. Just as you plan on being healthier, make
sure that you are also making healthy choices for your home by having it professionally
Now that your home’s exterior is nice and clean, this
affords you the opportunity to spruce things up! Apply a nice, new coat of
paint or install some shingles. With a clean home and a clean slate, the
opportunities are endless. Also, with a clean home comes a clear mind, which
means your home’s nice environment can help you achieve your own personal goals.
This puts you in the mindset of an achiever who is guaranteed to reach their
Cleaning is a chore, a form of therapy, or nonexistent for various individuals. No matter how you view cleaning, it remains an integral part of your everyday life. All areas of your home should be kept clean, and the same can be said for your gutters. You may not realize that the exterior of your house needs cleaning until you notice issues. Procrastination is tempting, but if you want to avoid damage and therefore costs to fix those damages, then cleaning is the most affordable way you will maintain a sturdy and healthy gutter.
Prevent Roof, Fascia, and Bracket Damage
Your gutters are connected to various parts of your house’s exterior. The roof is prone to rot when debris and leaves clog up your gutters. The fascia is the board that runs behind the gutters, so if buildup occurs, then water will overflow and cause damage. The same goes for the brackets, which can break due to the increased weight from clogged gutters. Maintaining a cleaning schedule for your gutters will prevent these damages.
When something’s clogged, that usually invites rodents and critters to create nests – a home within your home. Birds and mosquitos are common visitors who overstay their welcome because you’ve given them a reason to build a home for themselves. Clearing out the leaves from your gutters will then prevent pests and protect you and your family from the dangers that they may bring.
Prevent Overwatering Garden or Grass
When gutters are clogged, water overflows and therefore streams down to your garden beds and lawn. It’s common knowledge that overwatering your plants can kill them, so even if you don’t mean to do this, you still are because you haven’t cleaned out your gutters.
In every house, there are gutters, and instead of just focusing on the inside, you should pay attention to the outside as well. A lot of damage accumulates when you leave the problem alone – this doesn’t only apply to your gutters. We’ve given you a few reasons why cleaning them is important, so if you can’t remember the last time you cleaned them – if at all – then it’s best to set up an appointment with a pressure washing specialist soon!