Gutter professionals recommend cleaning gutters at least twice a year—once in the spring and again in the fall, as these are usually the rainiest seasons of the year. Without proper gutter cleaning, leaves, twigs, pollen and other debris can clog up your rain gutter system, which can lead to property damage.
Here are four things to look out for when performing regular gutter cleaning in Oklahoma City:
- Damage to the foundation
A gutter system that is installed and functioning properly is supposed to move water off the roof and send it away from the building’s foundation. But if the gutter system has a blockage, water can spill over the sides of the gutter and pool around the foundation.
Water collection at your home’s foundation is not good! The water can lead to crack formation, which if bad enough can result in foundation collapse. Cracked foundations are more common and damaging during the colder months when pooled water around the foundation freezes. This can lead to frost heave around the foundation of your home.
If you notice that your gutters clog and freeze over the winter months, you should make the time to have them cleaned out. It’s a small investment that can save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars in home repairs.
- Damage to wood
Another result of clogged rain gutters is water overflow. This happens when water has nowhere to go other than over the sides of your house. And while some water splashes to the ground, a lot can seep into the wood fascia boards (holds the gutter system in place) and around wood frames on windows and doors. This can result in wood rot, deterioration, warping and mold.
Flooding is another issue. Like water pooling around the foundation of your home, exposed wood surfaces (like decks) can succumb to flooding brought about by clogged and overflowing gutters.
- Damage to landscaping
If your gutters clog and water spills over the sides, you could lose your beautiful lawn and garden. Excessive water is not your landscape’s friend; in fact, flooding is its number one enemy during the wet months. For this reason, clean out your gutters and point your downspouts away from the home’s foundation and surrounding landscape.
Don’t have time for this home maintenance task? Schedule rain gutter cleaning and other gutter services in Oklahoma City. The pros will ensure you have proper drainage all year long and that your landscaping is safe from rain flooding.
- Damage caused by wildlife
A common place for small animals and insects to build nests during the warmer months is in your rain gutters. For them, it’s a convenient and safe place to live. On the other hand, standing water in clogged gutters may attract thirsty critters. Not only can bugs and animals like birds and rodents ruin gutter systems, they can chew their way into your house, destroying drywall and wiring and leaving a mess in their wake.
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