Gutters do more for your home than simply outline the edge of the roof. Gutters work to bring water that lands on your roof down the ground and far enough away so that the water doesn't pool into your basement. During the fall season, your gutters can easily become clogged with falling leaves. It's important, once the leaves fall, to get your gutters cleaned so that they can work properly during the winter months. When you don't clean out your gutters, the leaves and debris can also become a breeding ground for mold and allow small animals to nest inside. The following is some more information about why it's important to keep to gutters maintained.
Prevent Mold Growth
When you have debris in your gutters, all it will take is a few mold spores and some moisture for you to have a gutter full of mold and mildew. While the growth will start within your gutter, the mold growth will quickly spread along the side of your home. You'll end up having to power wash your home in the spring to get rid of the unsightly mold and the smell that it can cause.
Prevent Damage to the Gutters
Your gutter can break because of the buildup of debris within. If the gutter pulls away from the side of your home, any water that meets the gutter will go straight down off of your roof instead. If there is debris in your gutter and the water begins to freeze, you'll end up with ice in your gutter. This will cause expansion in the gutter, and can end up breaking holes through the gutter.
Prevent Damage to the Structure of Your Home
When gutters are left to overflow, or don't funnel water away from the home as they should, this can cause all kinds of problems with your home. Water and ice that build up within the gutter can get underneath the roof and into the home. Water will then cause leaks in your walls and ceiling, potentially damaging the structure of your home. If you can see debris coming out of the top of your gutter, it is beyond time to get the gutter cleaned out.
Once the leaves fall from the trees on your property, it's important to have your gutters cleaned before winter storms start. For more information, talk to a contractor like those at A-1 Seamless Gutters Inc.