The gutter is the part of a building’s roofing structure that is responsible for collecting rain water, and disposing of such water is a way that does not lead to a damage of the building. Without gutters, buildings would have shorter lives, as rain water falling upon them (and without ‘anywhere else to go’) would end up soaking into them, with the long term effect of induced structural weakness. This is not a theoretical situation. Some daring souls have actually been known to opt to do away with gutters in their buildings, perhaps as a part of their project cost-cutting measures. The results are inevitably disastrous: even in the parts of the world that are not given to much rain. What tends to happen, when a house lacks a gutter is that (as alluded earlier) rainwater falling on it seeps into it, often leading to what is typically referred to as the ‘rotting of the house.’
It normally starts off as an aesthetic problem, (thanks to the unseemly appearance that such seeped rainwater inevitably has). Unless checked, with the installation of some gutter, the problem often evolves into a structural problem, one that has been known to cause otherwise structurally sound buildings to collapse.
Yet just having a gutter on a building’s roof is not adequate insurance against the problems associated with the lack of such a gutter. As it turns out, gutters are prone to get clogged – with dirt that gets washed down alongside the rainwater that such gutter is supposed to provide a drainage to. Small bits of cement and sand falling off the building’s structure end up in the gutter, clogging it too. At the end of the day, then, the gutter has to be cleaned, to get rid of this accumulated ‘dirt.’ Otherwise, one risks ending up with a gutter that can’t serve its primary role, of being a rainwater drainage structure.
From the above, it is obvious that the benefits of regular gutter cleaning can never be over-emphasized. Without such regular gutter cleaning, we are likely to end up with a situation where rainwater, finding obstacles in its path, overflows and ends up ruining the walls of the building (initially defacing them, and in the long run potentially causing structural weaknesses). And this not to say anything of the fact that such overflowing water (as a result of un-cleaned, and therefore clogged gutters) can wreck havoc on the occupants of the building in question, as it is likely to manifest as leaks in the walls! At the very least, such leaking water could make the building extremely cold to the occupants. At worst, it could lead to damages in property inside the building, or God forbid, short circuits in the building’s electrical wiring, potentially leading to fire accidents.
Put another way then, the benefits of regular gutter cleaning include an increment in the life of the building in question, while potentially also making it a more comfortable place to live or work in.
If gutter cleaning feels like too much work, you will be glad to learn that there are number of companies that have come up, with such gutter cleaning as their core business. You just have to show them your building, pay them a small fee, and leave it to them to thoroughly clean your gutters: with all the attendant benefits attached to regular and thorough gutter cleaning.