Gutters help water flow away from a house and prevent serious and costly damage to the foundation, siding, and landscaping. However, gutters are often attractive places for insects, birds, and other pests to live and breed. They can cause problems for homeowners if they are not removed.
Homeowners, landscapers, and contractors often find insects and other creatures living in gutters. Birds create nests in gutters because they offer shelter and protection from predators and harsh weather. Wasps, hornets, and mosquitoes thrive in the protected and moist environment inside gutters.
Plants can also grow in gutters. When seeds are blown into gutters, they can settle in dirt and debris and begin to grow. Weeds, flowers, plants, and even trees have been found growing inside gutters.
The best way to prevent living things from making their home inside your gutters and preventing water from draining away from your house is to clean them regularly. If you don’t have the time to do this or would rather not undertake the job yourself, you can hire a gutter contractor for the job. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall.
Gutter guards can also keep birds, insects, and vegetation out of your gutters. They cover the gutters to trap any debris and keep animals and insects out while allowing water to pass through the fine mesh and into the gutters and downspouts.
Fall is the time to clean your gutters. If your gutters are due for a cleaning, contact Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors to have us remove any debris, insects, and nests from your gutters so that water will drain properly and your home will be protected.