The Old Farmers Almanac predicts a long cold winter and the storm this past weekend was a gentle reminder that the old man is at our doorstep. This means that it’s time to clean your gutters.
Gutters clogged with leaves and debris can create a multiple of problems:
- Water damage: A clear gutter will direct water away
from your home but a clogged gutter with allow water to collect and
seep into the foundation and your basement.
Loosened gutters: The weight of weight twigs and leaves can cause gutters to detach from your home.
- Ice dams: We live in an area where homes are susceptible to ice dams. An ice dams forms when water spills over the edge of a clogged gutter and freezes forcing an flowing water to redirect into your home rather than down the gutter. Ice dams can do a lot of damage and the repairs can be costly.
- Rodents: Clogged gutters can be an inviting nesting
place for rodents. If these animals are living in your gutters there is
a higher chance that they could find their way into your home.
The most cost effective solution is to clean your gutters regularly.