The process of removing dirt, debris and leaves from your gutters and the down pipes is referred to as gutter cleaning. These debris, dirt and leaves often clog your down pipes and prevent the rainwater to flow freely from the roof to the ground. The professionals may either scoop out the debris using their hands or by making use of a machine. Sometimes, once they clear the gutter system, they will flush water into it to ensure that all the remaining dirt or mud is also removed from the gutter. Thereby, the rainwater is able to flow out of the gutter quite easily.
To know why cleaning the gutters is so very important; you can go through the points mentioned below:
- Prevent Water Damage
If the water and the down pipes are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater is not able to drain out properly. When the water overflows from these gutters, it can cause damage on both the interior as well as the exterior of your building.
- Protects Your Roof
If the gutters are clogged, rainwater has nowhere to go. When water overflows, it can lead to a leaking roof or moldy ceilings and eaves. But if the gutters are unclogged, rain water is easily able to move through the down pipes away from your building. If rainwater penetrates through your roof surface, the following things might happen:
- The construction of your roof gets weakened.
- Water leaks from the roof into your room.
- Ceiling and eaves get damaged.
- Keeps away the pests that may cause trouble
If the gutters are clogged by leaves and debris, it becomes quite a desirable home for birds, rodents and insects. The last thing that you would want is pest infestation in your building.
- Reduces the risk of a cracked foundation
If water gets blocked and it cannot travel away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house. This water will undermine the foundation of your house. This water can also erode your landscaping. When a lot of water gets accumulated in the ground, the soil expands and therefore, it pushes the foundation of your house. Once the soil dries up, the foundation contracts. This continuous expansion and contraction puts a lot of stress on the foundation that results in cracks.
If water gets into the basement, the following things may happen:
- You will unable to shut your doors and windows.
- There is uneven flooring.
- There are also cracks occurring in the dry walls.
- Protects the exterior walls
If the rainwater gets stuck in gutters, it can spoil the exteriors of your house. The weight of the debris often creates gaps in the gutter system and can cause them to sag or rust out.
The areas that may get affected are:
- Roof tiles and roof sheets that cover your house.
- The eaves that protect your roof and keep out moisture.
- Facias that help in ventilating the roof.
When these areas get water-logged, they stop working. Mold, algae, and mildew start growing on the exterior walls. The wall paints begin to peel and chip. The street appeal of your property exterior deteriorates.