Dirty gutters are sometimes easy to miss, especially when it does not rain that often. But, you still need to maintain this part of your home to keep more serious problems from occurring. Roof, structure, and mold issues are some things that could happen from not cleaning your gutters. When you decide to clean them, you may have a number of obstacles in your way that make it difficult or impossible.
One of the best things that a homeowner can do is prevent termites from invading their home. Unfortunately, gutters that have not been cleaned in a long time may be full of mud, which is something that will attract termites to the area. If you have a termite infestation, you will want to take care of the problem before you get the gutters cleaned as the problem will not go away from cleaning alone. You can expect to pay anywhere from $1,350 to $2,500 for a standard chemical termination.
If trees have been growing rapidly on your property, some of them may be hanging over the gutters. Not only will this lead to issues with your gutters as the leaves will fall inside, but it may not be possible to effectively clean the gutters with lasting results. Also, these branches could put cleaners at risk, so it is best to get any overhanging branches removed before you invest in gutter cleaning.
When a gutter goes unchecked, one thing that could happen is for it to become overgrown. This kind of problem can lead to all sorts of damage, but especially to the gutter itself. A minor case of overgrowth can be resolved by cleaners, but a more serious case may require the gutter to be repaired first. The best way to prevent this from happening again is to keep up with routine cleaning.
Although it may not be as detrimental of a problem as the other obstacles, you could have shrubs that are simply in the way of performing a safe cleaning. Ladders must be at a certain angle to avoid safety risks, so you will want to trim any overextended shrubs to provide the cleaners with enough room.
You may not think about gutters every day, but they are a crucial part of your home. Although some obstacles may be difficult to handle, you should not let them get in the way of cleaning your rain gutters.