You might know that gutters require cleaning in autumn, but did you realize they should also be cleaned in spring? Learn why gutter cleaning should be at the top of your spring maintenance list.
Why Clean Gutters in Spring
Just as falling leaves clog your gutters in autumn, flowers and buds can clog your gutters in the spring. Heavy winter snows or wind storms can cause broken branches to fall from trees and land in your gutter. For these reasons, you should plan to clean out gutters in the spring. It’s better to be safe and spend time cleaning your gutters than wind up with extensive water damage because your gutters are jammed with debris.
Gutters allow melting snow and rain water to safely drain off your roof and away from your home. As long as your gutters are free of debris, water can flow through them properly. If your gutters are clogged, they will be unable to function. As a result, water can back up, failing to drain.
If the gutter becomes clogged, standing water can create the perfect breeding ground for spring and summer mosquitos. Especially with Zika virus concerns, this is the last thing you want to happen.
Standing water can also soak the roof shingles, fascia boards, eaves, and soffits. Regular exposure to water will cause wood rot as well as mold development. If this happens, you will need more than a simple gutter cleaning – you’ll need to schedule roof repair as well.
You should be able to tell whether gutters are clean or clogged with a simple visual inspection. If you notice water pouring over the gutters during a rainstorm, you are overdue for gutter cleaning.
Schedule Gutter Cleaning
At Brandstetter’s KangaRoof, we make it easy for you to set up regular gutter maintenance and protect your home. To schedule an appointment for gutter cleaning, please contact us.