Fall is here, and cleaning your rain gutters of leaves and other debris is probably one of many items on your growing to-do list.
With so much to do, you might be looking for ways to cut corners and lighten your workload. So is cleaning rain gutters one of those things you can put off for another year? We wouldn’t recommend it. Here’s why.
Cleaning Your Rain Gutters Can Prevent Water Damage
Leaves, branches, and debris can get into your gutters and cause significant problems. This build-up is especially common if you have tall trees growing near your roof. When rainwater tries to flow through the debris, it may not drain properly and can overflow onto areas of your home and roof that weren’t designed to hold up to that much water, which can cause water damage to both the interior and exterior of your home.
Clogged Gutters Can Lead to a Rodent Infestation
A pile of leaves and branches makes an ideal nest for birds, rats, insects, and mice. So if you don’t like the idea of rodents making a home out of your roof and attic, you’d better pull out that ladder and get to work clearing your rain gutters before a problem arises.
Your Roof Can’t Handle the Pressure
Roofs are designed to stand up to all types of weather, including heavy rains and snow. But they are specifically designed to have the moisture run off of them into the gutters. When the drains are blocked, rain and snow have nowhere to go and can cause significant problems to your roof. Rotting is a common result, and if the water leaks through to the inside of your house, you could easily have a mold problem on your hands.
Water Can Damage Your Foundation
When your gutter becomes clogged, and water starts overflowing, it can pool around the foundation of your home and seep into cracks. These cracks become especially problematic in the winter when it freezes and expands, often causing fissures in your home’s foundation. This can be a costly problem, and it’s avoidable by cleaning out those gutters.
Your Wallet Will Thank You
As the old adage says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Cleaning your rain gutters in the fall will help you avoid any costly damages in the future. Trust us; it’s well worth the minor inconvenience of climbing up to clean your gutters now, so you don’t find yourself with a cracked foundation or damaged roof in the dead of winter.
Black Diamond Restoration Is Here to Help
Cleaning your rain gutters is important to help avoid water damage. But if for some reason you do experience water damage, Black Diamond Restoration is here to help. Our team of licensed experts is available 24/7 to help you with your emergency. We offer damage restoration services in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the neighboring cities, including Murray, Taylorsville, West Valley, and Sandy. Don’t let water damage go unchecked. Contact Black Diamond Restoration today!