Showing posts from October, 2012

Gutter Guards Require Annual Maintenance

The first rains have come for the season and your gutters are overflowing. You need gutter cleaning.

Some promote Gutter Guards to keep your gutters clean. Gutter guards are heavily promoted at home shows with fancy demos of pure water flowing into the gutter guard while the leaves magically float over and to the ground. The debate of adding gutter guards or leaving the gutters open has valid points on both sides. In this article, I will discuss the pros and cons of gutter guards. I will also discuss the dangers of clogged gutters and the importance of ensuring that your gutters are clean and flowing freely when the rains hit.
I went to a house to clean the gutters. It looked like a simple job at first glance. The owner had installed gutter guards. There were visible leaves resting in the roof valleys and on the gutters. When I took a closer look from the top I could see that the gutters were full of debris. In this case, the leaves were not getting in but all of the small sticks an…

Clogged Gutters Cost You More Than Regularly Cleaning Gutters

Every house has them. They keep the rainwater from sliding off your roof (and landing onto your head) by catching it and diverting it into downspouts so the water can drain away from your home.

But besides water...gutters catch everything else. Leaves, pine needles, acorns, dirt - anything that falls on your roof and is affected by gravity. Most people wait until they can see the clogged debris to worry about cleaning their gutters but this could actually be causing your home more damage!

Clogged Gutters can cause water overflow
This can lead to leaky basements and can damage foundations because the water puddles in un-intended areas.Gutters and downspouts are installed to guide rainwater and melting snow away from your home’s foundation walls. The expansion and contraction cycle of the soil that surrounds your home can ruin your foundation. Heavy rain and dry spells compromise your home foundation support leading to cracked walls and masonry as well as sticking doors and windows.