Why Gutters are Important
If left uncovered, your gutter system can clog with all types of things including leaves, dirt, debris, shingle grit, and even pests! When your gutters become clogged, water will flow down the side of your home, and pool on to your roof, causing issues and requiring home repairs. These home repairs can be costly. This makes the task of gutter cleaning even more crucial in order to protect your home from these types of damages.
Basement Damages from Clogged Gutters
Your rain gutter system is one of your first lines of defense against a variety of different home issues. When water isn’t properly diverted away from your home, it will collect around the base of your home, creating cracks in your foundation, leaks inside your home, and basement problems. In order to keep your basement dry, it is important to regularly maintain your gutters in order to have them function properly. If you think your gutters need to be cleared of any obstructions, here are some important tips to follow:
Safety First: If you don’t use tall ladders on a regular basis, consider hiring a handy-man. A handyman is experienced with climbing ladders, and you won’t have to spend the afternoon fumbling with a large ladder. Keep in mind, hiring a gutter cleaner will run anywhere from $75-250 depending on the size of your home. If you decide to clean your gutters yourself, make sure that utilize proper safety techniques. Use the three point contact rule as a by making sure one of your hands always remains in contact with the ladder. Enlist someone to spot you so that someone is holding the base of the ladder at all times.
Cleaning Gutters: Using a ladder and a hose, clear the gutters beginning at one end and move to the other. We do not recommend standing on the roof to clean your gutters as you are more likely to fall off this way. In order to save your landscaping, dump the gunk onto a tarp, instead of on your patio or in your flower bed. To protect your hands, invest in some high quality work gloves.
Spray Spouts: It is important to make sure that not only are your gutters clean, but your downspouts are clear and debris free too. Debris can get stuck in the elbows and bends of your downspouts, so you may want to use a high pressure washer to get into some of those hard to reach areas. Additionally, ensure that your downspouts are positioned 4 to 6 feet away from your home so that water is properly diverted away and water no longer will accumulate around the base of your home.
Gutter Guards: Clogged gutters will be a reoccurring problem, and as a homeowner, you’ll most likely experience clogged gutters multiple times through the year. Climbing a ladder to clean your gutters can be dangerous, and at an average of $75-$250 the cost of gutter cleaning can be expensive over the lifetime of your home. Gutter guards are an alternative, and permanent, solution that will eliminate gutter cleaning for homeowners for the life of their home.
Once you have eliminated any potential basement damages due to clogged gutters, let Rebuilding Michigan deliver a new basement that your family is sure to enjoy for years to come. Learn more about our services and how we can help you design your future basement!
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