The Insurance Information Institute statistic show that, ice, snow and wind and rain can have devastating consequences by not keeping your gutters clean and operational. Every winter there is billions of dollars in damage to homes, due to weather-related disasters. Most of this damage can be prevented by doing maintenance on your home before winter. Cleaning your gutters is at the top of that list. It is the first line of defense against the harsh elements in winter.
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Remove sticks, leaves, acorns, Organic build up and other debris from gutters, so melting snow, rain, and ice can flow freely. And check your roof insulation, Improper insulation and ventilation in your attic are at the root High energy bills.
The Importance of Gutter Cleaning Before Winter
Your gutters are an essential part of a system that helps move water away from your roof and property. Your roof’s gutters are usually made up of a series of interconnected troughs. They channel water a safe distance away from the home’s foundation. They protect your home from damage by making the water channel rain water away from your homes foundation, they also make sure that the water doesn’t settle and cause mold and decay.
However, a broken or clogged gutter will result in backed up of your gutter system, stagnant water that can attract unwanted animals and insects and cause water damage to your home. It can ruin your home wall inside and out by allowing water in.
Do not ignore your gutters, as the days get shorter and the weather gets cooler.
Learn all about the importance of gutter cleaning before winter.
Gutters clogged with autumn leaves will create standing water. Standing water will invite all kinds of unwanted pests – like mosquitoes. Mosquitoes use standing water for places to lay their eggs. That can lead to an even bigger problem: West Nile Virus. West Nile is an illness spread through the bites of mosquitoes. Symptoms can range from fever, body aches to muscle weakness and headache, paralysis and vision loss. Some people have died from the virus, others develop no symptoms at all. The Centers for Disease control recommend that all homeowners and renters make sure to clean out their rain gutter systems at least once a year, to help prevent the spread of West Nile Virus in their communities.
Protect your Foundation from Water Damage
Water damage can cause major problems in your Foundation. It can lead to mold and mildew and it can weaken your home’s foundation and walls. Consumer reports say in wet regions, leader pipes should extend at least 5′ from the home. Check your entire gutter system seasonally for proper pitch and for clogs, broken fasteners, corrosion, missing hangers, leaky seam’s, gutters that are pulling away from the side of the fascia and separation between connections and where gutters meet the fascia board.
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There is no rule that says you must us a professional to inspect your gutter system, There are a lot of benefits. If you don’t feel like climbing up on a ladder or working far off the ground, then you shouldn’t. A professional in the industry like Gutter cleaner from Gutters of Sacramento will spot things with his or her expert eye that you could miss. Water damage is sneaky – something that looks like a small problem will actually end up creating a much larger problem. By having your gutters professionally inspected, you can have the problems fixed that much faster because the pro is already there.
Better Protect than Wet
It’s better to have you gutters inspected during the relatively mild days of autumn than during the winter when it’s cold and potentially icy. And you definitely don’t want to wait and have to call in a professional in the midst of an emergency!
Get your gutters inspected early and often.
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