On a daily basis the average person does not think about the importance of cleaning their gutters. However, it is quite important, especially in places where it rains regularly. Upon inspection, we can see how much our gutters have suffered through due to neglect. There are numerous problems that can be presented through the lack of maintenance of your gutters.
Foundation leaks are a common problem that occurs with gutter clogs. Water overflows due to the clog and makes its way down the house to the foundation of your home, instead of being properly directed into a drainage system.
Eventually, a cracked foundation can happen due to the accumulation of water at the foundation of your home. In Coast to Coast Gutters’ service area of South Florida, colder temperatures causing cracks in wet foundations is not the problem. Instead, foundations can be compromised when wet ground supporting your home settles or allows the home to move or sink- this causes tension on the home and can lead to foundation issues.
When the gutter is clogged unwanted water can make its way to the fascia of your home. This can cause rotted wood, if it goes untreated.
Clogged up gutters, and the resulting overflow or mis-direction of water, can also lead to poor conditions for landscaping and plants around the outside of your home. Excess water can completely erode the soil around your plants, destroying even the youngest seedlings. Certain bugs can be attracted to the intense moisture and create a whole new problem within itself.
All of the problems above can be prevented with a clean and well managed gutter system. When you should clean your gutters depends on the area you live. If you reside in an area with a higher tree population then you may find yourself cleaning your gutter 3 – 6 times a year. But if you live in an area that does not contain a lot of trees, a good rule of thumb to abide by is to do your gutter cleaning in Spring or late Fall. In order to reduce the amount of work that is required from your gutters is to ensure that all or most of the leaves have shed so that no unexpected wind storms are able to blow tons of leaves into your gutter system. Gutter covers are a great solution to lessen the workload as well. Don’t be fooled because we live in South Florida- pine needles and many other tree types here can still fill up our gutters. Coast to Coast Gutters of South Florida is happy to help educate their consumers or answer any questions you might have, and tailor fit gutter services to their specific needs. Contact us for a free quote or call for your answers!