6 Reasons Why Cleaning Eavestroughs Can Save a Ton of Money
Our lives seem to become busier and busier which leaves very little time to maintain the inside of our homes, let alone the outside. On average, Canadians clean their eavestroughs/gutters just under once a year. Its easy to overlook eavestrough cleaning because we can never see when they are full, but having regular cleaning’s scheduled annually, semi-annually or even quarterly can save you thousands of dollars in the future.
Clogged and Damaged Eavestroughs can lead to:
- Rotting Wood – When rainwater is unable to flow through the gutters it might accumulate on wooden parts of the home. Everyone knows that the sight of rotten wood does not help when it comes to the aesthetics or curb appeal of a home. However, substantial rot damage may cause structural damage, which could be extremely expensive and difficult to repair.
- Mold – If water does not have enough time to evaporate mold and mildew begin to grow. When mold begins to accumulate, it can spread and be difficult to remove. By simply maintaining your gutters you can reduce the chance of mold getting into your home.
- Cracked Foundations: Clogged gutters can cause excess water against the foundation wall to weaken the footing and lead to foundation wall cracks. This is particularly true in the colder months when built-up water at the foundation freezes and causes a condition known as “frost-heave” which can cause severe cracks to foundation walls.
- Leaking Roofs: In winter, ice dams can form on top of clogged gutters. Snow then builds up across the top of the clogged gutter and freezes. During the next thaw, water running off the roof is blocked by the frozen snow and backs up into the house. This can lead to major wall and ceiling damage.
- Slippery Sidewalks: Overflowing gutters can deposit water on sidewaks and driveways where it can freeze and cause a slipping hazard. Avoid this problem by keeping gutters clean and the spouts extended away from any traffic areas.
- Cracked Driveways: Misdirected and clogged gutter spouts often cause driveways and sidewalks to sag and crack.