Your gutters. You probably don’t think about them until they look like they’re falling off your roof, or they’re filled with leaves, or you notice a new leak. But really, your gutters are the unsung hero of your home. Why do we say that? Your gutters protect the foundation, walls, windows and even the paint job of your home from damaging water. How much does that matter? How much rain can possibly fall on my roof? On an average roof, 1 inch of water is over 7,000 litres of water that your gutters are protecting from washing over the side of your home. That’s enough water to cause substantial damage to the substrate (below grade part of your home) if your gutters don’t do their job properly.
The solution? Clean your gutters on a regular basis. If you don’t, you should expect problems with standing water, the potential for mold, and even in some cases a leaking roof or flooded basement. Another potential is that gutters filled with rotting leaves and debris becomes a pretty good-looking home for pests. Termites for example actively seek out moisture. In summer mosquitoes seek out standing water, and no one wants mosquitoes around. All that water and debris is heavy, and over time exceeds the weight limit it can bare, eventually pulling away from your fascia board (this is where gutters attach to your home) and could result in costly repairs.
When Should You Clean Your Gutters?
A good rule of thumb is to clean your gutters twice a year. Spring and Fall are great times to do so. If you have large trees on your property, particularly near or over your gutters then you may need to do so more often.
Victoria Gutters often suggests the installation of alu-rex gutter guards as these greatly reduce the need for your gutters being cleaned.
How Do I Know When My Gutters Need Cleaning?
- Here are the signs that your gutters are past due for a clean:
- Dripping from your downspouts instead of a steady flow
- Pools of water forming at the corners of your home or foundation
- Puddles of water in your basement
- You have new leaks in your roof
- You notice pests on your roof or in your home.
Alu-Rex Gutters from Victoria Gutters have a lifetime warranty and you should expect your gutters to survive the length of your home’s life. But that still depends on proper maintenance.
Before you go get the ladder out of the garage though, it’s important to recognize that cleaning your gutters can be dangerous work high off the ground. Isn’t it better (and safer) to hire the professionals? Give us a call, we’re happy to help out!