Keep your Gutters Clean

Maintaining clean gutters helps keep your home in good shape!

The purpose of the eaves trough, or gutter, is to direct rainwater off your roof and away from your home. This helps to prevent standing water around your home, and minimizes the amount of damage to your home. During a rainstorm, gutters route runoff from a very large surface—a home’s roof—to where it can drain away from the house. By doing so, they protect siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage and help prevent flooding in basements.

To do their job, gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. If they aren’t, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters, overflow, and eventually pull the gutters loose. Water that pools in troughs will rot wood gutters and rust sheet metal ones. Water trapped in gutters can cause major damage to your roof and walls, not to mention the fact that decaying plant matter in your gutters can smell horrible and stain the sides of your home.

Have your gutters cleaned out more often if your home is located under trees, in an area with frequent storms or is subject to a great deal of leaf and other debris.

Cleaning out the eaves troughs is never a fun task but, unfortunately, it is a necessary evil of home maintenance. Having your eaves or gutters cleaned two or three times a year will minimize damage to your home. These regular cleanings will save you time and energy, and you can rest easier, knowing you’ve taken these extra steps to keep your home beautiful, inside and out.