Unfortunately, your gutters are also a great place for debris like leaves, twigs, and dirt. If too much debris collects in your gutters, there is nowhere for the water to go and it becomes essential for you to clean your gutters. If you do not clean clogged or dirty gutters you could end up with much bigger issues. Gutters are the 1st line of defense against erosion of soil around your home’s foundation. A gutter system is supposed to carry water running off your roof to down spouts so it does not saturate the soil located around your house.
If that soil is over loaded, then you run the danger of getting the foundation wet. Water can find its way into small cracks in the foundation. As water moves into the crevices or cracks in the foundation, it will find another barrier because the cracks do not go all the way through the foundation. Therefore, the water will be forced backwards out of those crevices and cracks taking small pieces of your foundation with it. Every time water flows over your gutter system and finds its way into the foundation, it erodes away at your foundation. After a period of time, the water will find its way through the cracks in your foundation and water will leak into the basement. Water in the basement of your home can lead to problems with mold, mildew, and other bacteria.
If your gutters are blocked that also means they are heavy, too heavy, in fact. The fasteners that are used to attach your gutters to your house can’t hold up against the additional weight of a gutter system that is full of wet leaves and debris. When your gutters are too full they start to pull away from your home. If they aren’t in position to catch rain water running off the roof, the problems to your foundation and possible sinkholes are even more of an issue. Your house will look very unattractive and not well taken care of.
Our Gutter Cleaning Services
The truth is that your gutters should be cleaned twice a year: in early spring to clear out any left over ice and debris that has accumulated during the winter, and also in early fall (this is perhaps the most important time of year to clean your gutters because you need to clear out all the falling leaves and things that gather in your gutter system during fall before the melting snows of winter begin to tax your gutters and downspouts.)
At Ballston Lake Gutter Services, with every gutter cleaning, we will also make sure your gutters are attached firmly to your home so there is no separation. Gutters are typically attached to the home with special hangers and we can check if there are any problems and alert you if replacing them is necessary. We can also check to make sure that your gutter system is level so that it is aligned at the proper angles to maximize efficiency.