Get Your Mind Out of the Gutter and Into Fall Clean Up
- October 24, 2019
Gutters, no not the kind you get your mind stuck in, but the ones that are on the exterior of your house collecting rainwater. Gutter cleaning is often one of the most overlooked items on fall maintenance to-do lists. They are usually unseen and often forgotten. To keep rain gutters working effectively, you have to ensure they are not clogged with leaves, twigs, dust, or any other debris. Gutter maintenance should be a consistent part of your annual spring and fall clean up. Create-a-Scape can help. We provide gutter cleaning and fall lawn maintenance services to help keep your home, lawn, and landscape looking its best. To better understand why maintaining your gutters is so important, we have put together a list of why it is not only crucial but beneficial.
The purpose of a gutter is to collect rainwater and force it away from the home’s foundation. Long and hollow, gutters are securely attached to the edge of a roof. There are various types of rain gutters in a variety of colors, shapes, and styles. There are typically two types of rain gutters, the half-round gutter, and the K-style gutter. The half-round gutter is often found on older, historic homes and is shaped like a round-tube. The K-style gutter has a flat bottom and back, and the front side of the gutter usually has a decorative shape.
Preventing water damage is probably the most crucial benefit that rain gutters provide. New Jerseyans know how unpredictable and harsh our weather can be. During storms and heavy rain, snow and ice can accumulate on your roof. Gutters collect the water and force it away from your roof and onto the ground below. Clogged gutters can flood your foundation and cause roofs to leak. This can damage your ceiling, walls, floor, fascia board, and other structural elements of a building. Having a clean and well-functioning rain gutter system in place will protect your home, and it’s foundation from water damage.
Debris filled gutters hold standing water, which not only attracts mosquitoes, it supports the growth of mold and fungus. Mosquitoes and other pests such as rats, mice, and squirrels are attracted to debris-filled gutters looking for a safe place to make a home. These pests often carry germs and diseases such as West Nile that are harmful to humans. Keeping your gutters clean will help keep your family safe from pest-related viruses.
Basement flooding is a serious yet common problem for homeowners. Broken, cracked, or obstructed gutters can overflow and spill water around your basement. This can lead to basement flooding and ruin furniture, mementos, appliances, and interior decor. It can also lead to mold and rot, which causes allergic reactions and other upper respiratory problems.
If gutters are not maintained, they will clog, water will freeze and add weight and stress on your roof. The added weight will cause the gutters to crack and split and possibly break off from your roof. Help prevent this through fall clean up and good care of your gutters.
As part of our lawn maintenance services, Create-A-Scape offers gutter cleaning. With fall in full swing, if you haven’t taken advantage and completed this fall task yet, it’s now time to do so. Give us a call at (856) 547-4276 or click to schedule an appointment.