When it comes to any home improvement task, it can be easy to “fix it and forget it.” But home maintenance chores are small investments performed over time that contribute to your home’s longevity. For example, it’s not enough just to install gutters. You must also ensure your gutters are cleaned regularly for them to perform well.
Why Do Gutters Need To Be Cleaned?
Simply put, the purpose of gutters is to drain rainwater efficiently and safely away from the foundation of the home.
Without gutters, rainwater will pour off of the roof and cascade down the sides of the house in large quantities. The constant splash of rainwater can erode the soil around the foundation. In addition, without gutters, rainwater forms channels that allow water to pool. In a worst-case scenario, these rainwater issues could eventually cause the foundation to settle and crack.
Over time, leaves, pine needles, and even shingle debris can build up in your gutters. This buildup weighs down the gutters and prevents them from draining water as they should. Eventually, the water will overflow.
Water overflow can cause the rotting of fascia and soffit, and lead to pooling problems similar to those caused in the absence of gutters. In addition, the buildup of rotting leaves creates an ideal environment for insect infestations.
How Often Should You Have Your Gutters Cleaned?
You need to have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, and more frequently if your yard has lots of trees. For simplicity, add this task to your spring and fall maintenance checklists.
The professionals at Superior Shine gladly offer a free professional gutter inspection. They can handle both your gutter cleaning and gutter washing chores.
Contact Superior Shine today and let our professionals take care of your home maintenance chore list.