If you have yet to clean your gutters, now is the time before we get hit with the snow that is being predicted. The last few weeks have left thousands of leaves not only on the ground, but on roofs and in gutters. While they might look pretty at first glance, after a while, they can become burdensome. While it might be hard work clearing them from your lawn, roof and gutters, it is well worth the work it takes to save yourself from many headaches in the future.
What Leaves Can Do
You might wonder just why you have to remove the leaves from your gutters; after all, won’t they just eventually blow away? Unfortunately, they will not. Over time, leaves get hard and begin to break down. This makes it even harder to get them out of the gutters as they wedge their way into the tightest corners. Before you know it, they are stuck and the water that accumulates on the top of your home has nowhere to go. A few of the incidents that can occur include:
- The gutters can only hold so much, which means eventually the water breaks away, finding the easiest way in, which usually means into your walls, ceilings and foundation.
- The gutters can become heavy, tearing them off of the house, causing damage to your windows and siding along the way.
- In the wintertime, ice can also cause serious problems for your home. If water accumulates and the temperature turns to freezing, the ice builds up, which can force its way underneath your shingles. This not only causes problems on your roof, but also underneath, causing leaks and water damage on your ceilings and on the interior of your home.
- In severe cases, you could also suffer from leaking or flooding in your basement due to clogged gutters.
Before the true winter weather hits us, it is very important that you clean your gutters. If you are not comfortable tackling this task on your own, hire a professional to have it done as soon as possible in order to save the structure of your home this winter.