Gutters direct rainwater and melting snow away from a house to protect the roof, siding, and foundation. Leaves and other debris can fall into gutters or be washed in when it rains. Gutters can also become homes for animals, such as squirrels, birds, and insects. Organic matter and water can lead to the growth of mold, which can further clog the gutters.
If gutters are clogged, they cannot do their job, which can result in damage to a house. Rainwater can pour over the sides of the gutters and onto the house or landscaping. This can lead to the need for expensive repairs. Clogged gutters can rust and need to be replaced. If water gets trapped in gutters in the winter, it can freeze and form ice dams that can damage the roof.
It is essential to clean your gutters periodically. Cleaning them twice a year can extend their life. It is recommended to clean them in the fall, when leaves are still dry and easy to remove, and in the spring to remove any debris so that water can flow freely when spring rains arrive.
You don’t want to be cleaning your gutters in the summer or winter. In the summer, it will be hot and sunny, and carrying a ladder and reaching into metal gutters won’t be much fun. In the winter, there could be snow and ice on the ground that could make working with a ladder dangerous. It is best to clean your gutters when the weather is moderate and comfortable.
When you are cleaning your gutters, inspect them for signs of damage. If a gutter is coming loose, it can be reattached to the roof. If it is rusted or has major damage, it may be time to replace the gutter.
If you are not able to clean your gutters yourself, or if you would rather not have to take on that chore, call CT Gutter. We can clean your gutters, inspect them for any signs of damage, and replace them if necessary with new gutters that will protect your house for many years to come.