A home with a 1,500-square-foot roof sheds 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of falling rain. To prevent water from penetrating your home or damaging the foundation, it is essential that this water is directed away from your home or office building. Gutters serve just that purpose.
However, even a handful of debris prevents your gutters from working!
Gutters that are neglected will carry heavy debris which has accumulated over time, in addition to standing water. That debris and water can weigh as much as 370 pounds, and can damage the angle of the gutter (known as the gutter’s pitch). If that pitch is lost due to excess weight, standing water can back up into the home or overflow into the home’s foundation, possibly flooding your basement.
Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, preferably in spring and fall.
Cleaning of the roofs, rain gutters and downspouts is a critical part of prudent, annual maintenance.
Safety is crucial when working with your gutters. Cleaning or attempting to repair your gutters from on top of the roof is risky business. Working from the roof puts the gutter underneath your body, forcing you to reach below your center of gravity. Add to this the fact that many people get dizzy when trying to hang on to an unleveled footing while eight feet or more off the ground, and the scenario spells disaster waiting to happen.
Preventing Clogged Gutters
Keep leaves, twigs and other materials out of your gutters by installing protective gutter guards. Click here for more information on Gutter Protection.