Taking the time to clean your gutters is perhaps the most hated chore homeowners have. Not only is it dirty, but it can also be dangerous as well. As annoying as this chore is, there are several reasons why you need to care for your gutters properly.
1. Make Your Home Look Tidy With Clean Gutters.
If you want to keep your home’s curbside appeal up, then you need to make sure that you clean your gutters of debris. If debris is clearly visible from your gutters, it is time to clean them out. Removing this debris will help your home look clean and shows how much you care for your home.
2. Protect Your Home From Damage.
Clogged gutters can result in an overspill of water during a rainstorm. Overspilling can cause excess water to pool around your home and may even damage your home’s foundation. If you find that there is less water coming out of the downspouts during or after a rainstorm, it’s time to clean your gutters. Another issue with clogged gutters is that they get heavy, which could cause them to fall off of your home. It should go without saying that falling gutters can cause significant damage to your roof, siding, and windows, so it is important to keep your gutters clear of debris.
3. Minimize Pest Activity.
Leaves and twigs that collect in gutters act as safe harborage for insects, especially once the water begins to accumulate. It provides all the necessary ingredients to produce and maintain insects such as mosquitoes that feed on small mammals, cats, dogs, and humans. Mosquitoes can spread diseases and cause annoying itching when they bite. Debris-filled gutters can also attract ants that prefer to nest near water and food supplies. Ants can easily get water from the clogged gutters and can find food from inside the home, around the foundation, and from other insects that venture near their nest. This creates a problem as ants, especially Acrobat ants and carpenter ants, can lead to structural damages in your home. Plus, finding ants can also cause an uncomfortable, squeamish feeling when you see them in your pantry. The best way to prevent any issue with mosquitoes or ants is to clean your gutters and keep them debris-free.
4. Prevent Rodent Problems.
In a similar way to insects, leaves and things that accumulate in your gutters provide excellent insulation from the elements, which can attract rodents. This is problematic as it can lead to them getting inside your roof or chewing their way into your home through the siding. Rodents become a bigger issue in the cooler fall and winter months when insulation is an essential factor for rodents. Rodents can spread a host of diseases and can cause structural damage by chewing through wires, insulation, etc. Taking the time to clean your gutters keeps debris from accumulating, discouraging rodents from taking up residence.
Gutter Cleaning – An Often Overlooked Chore
The best way to prevent unwanted pests and rodents is to keep your gutters clean. You or a professional should inspect your home’s gutters twice a year to ensure they function properly. At a minimum, you need to have your gutter cleaned annually. You can do your own test, to see if your gutters need cleaning, by spraying a garden hose on your roof and making sure water is flowing freely from the downspout. If the time has come to clean your gutter, let Chorbie do the dirty work. Our team of experts can get the job done quickly on the schedule you desire. Even more, if we find that pests or rodents have begun making your gutters their home, we can take care of the problem directly. It’s important to note that if your gutters aren’t cleaned, no amount of pest control will get rid of your pest problem. With Chorbie, you can get the job done right the first time around and keep your home pest and rodent-free. Call us today at 972-697-5221 to talk to our experts and schedule your appointment. Our team is ready to help, and we’re just a phone call away!