Depending on where you live in Connecticut, your gutters may be providing a home for certain animals. Birds, squirrels and other small critters will take advantage of a neglected gutter and use it for nesting and food storage. If the gutters on your Connecticut home or office have become a motel for animals, it is time to call CT Gutter.
Of all the things that can cause a gutter to clog, none are more effective than a bird’s nest. While most birds tend to build nests in trees, some find the half round shape of common rain gutters to be a welcome foundation for their nest. Birds that nest in gutters often choose the ends for the building and in many cases build right over the downspout. This will easily cause your gutters to clog.
Another animal that is often spotted in gutter channels is squirrels. While squirrels won’t nest in a gutter system the way birds will, their continued presence will lead to tears, sagging and leftover debris. Squirrels often jump from nearby tree branches to get onto the roof of a home or building and usually end up landing on the gutter first. This causes the gutter to buckle under the weight and when it comes time to drain water during a rain storm the system is weakened and won’t perform as well.
At the first sign of animals lurking around your gutters, call in a gutter specialist. You will want to quickly ascertain the damage done and find out if your system needs repairs or even replacing. In extreme circumstances you may need an animal control expert to remove animals that have made your gutters their home but in most cases it’s simply a matter of removing a nest and cleaning up the gutter channel and downspout.
Fall is a busy time for animals as they seek shelter from the coming cold so be on the lookout for activity in your gutters.