You probably enjoy living in Jacksonville Beach because of the sun and warm temperatures. While good for boosting the spirits, the climate can be a nightmare for home exteriors, especially gutters. Glaring sun and humidity, heavy rains, and blustery winds create the perfect environment for overflowing and damaged gutters. We typically don’t think about our gutters until something goes wrong. But if you take care of your gutters to keep them performing optimally, you won’t have to worry about problems and damage.
If you’re ready to schedule a professional gutter cleaning appointment, contact First Coast Home Pros today at (904) 383-7721 or fill out the form for a free estimate. If you’re not sure why gutters are important or believe that you can clean them yourself, read on.
Gutters Are the Enemy to Stagnant, Damaging Water
If you had no gutters on your home, the foundation would be constantly pummeled by water. Rain and flowing water can erode soil, cause damage to the proper grading around your home, and can even soak down around the foundation, causing leaks and other water damage in your home.
Water can also get captured behind siding and cause damage, leakage, mold, and mildew issues, both indoors and out. The amount of damage that can be done to trees, plants, and landscaping around your home when concentrated water from your roof hacks into your yard can be substantial.
Gutters and downspouts are key to fighting water damage around your home. Rainwater flows through gutters and is directed where you want it to go. That means downspouts pointed away from your foundation and toward a safe area. However, when your gutters are clogged or otherwise damaged, you might as well not have any gutters at all.
Just about anything can cause gutter obstructions, including:
- Animal nests
- Tree debris
Any blockage can cause rainwater to flow over the top of your gutters and wallop anything below it, like your landscaping or your foundation.
Clogged Gutters Lead to Water Damage
When gutters and downspouts are damaged or clogged, water overflows. When water overflows frequently, it can damage your soffits and fascia, as well as the roof and eaves. Water damage outside of your home often leads to water inside of your home.
Mold and mildew problems can start or get worse when moisture and water breach the perimeter of your siding or even interior walls.
And it’s not just roofs and walls that can be affected by water gushing out of gutters. Soaking the ground around your foundation can lead to cracks and even sinking if it goes on long enough. Water that is not redirected away from your home by properly functioning downspouts can also swamp and ruin landscaping and even saturate a basement.
Ensuring gutters are clean before and after a hurricane or powerful storm is also extremely important. You must prepare for massive amounts of rain and give that water a directed place to go. And, after a storm, you need to remove the debris from the roof and gutters to be sure they’re functioning properly moving forward.
Just Say No to DIY Gutter Cleaning
Until you experience gutters that are clogged, overflowing, and not properly functioning, you don’t think about how much damage they can do. From minimal mangling of your plants and landscaping (if you’re lucky) to grime and water trickling behind your siding or gushing into your basement (if you’re less lucky), clean and operational gutters are very important.
However, you should not just grab a ladder and a hose and clean those gutters yourself. The dangers of DIY gutter cleaning include:
- Attached power lines, electrical, satellite, or other digital equipment present a real danger.
- Wet, steep roofs, and wobbly ladders on uneven surfaces are the perfect environment for falls.
- A hose isn’t the right tool for securely and completely cleaning gutters.
- Angry or frightened birds or rodents springing up from their nest or hiding spot in your gutter create the ideal situation for plunging to the ground from the top of your ladder or roof.
The skilled technicians at First Coast Home Pros utilize safe, heavy-duty professional vacuum and power washing equipment to ensure your gutter cleaning is completed thoroughly and comprehensively. Have the job done professionally and you can be sure professional-grade tools are used. And you know an experienced team is also fully insured and guarantees results.
Schedule Your Professional Gutter Cleaning Service Now
Remove the chaos, disorder, and hazards of DIY gutter cleaning. And make sure your gutters are doing their job properly. The experts at First Coast Home Pros clean both the interior and exterior of your gutters and we 100 percent guarantee our gutter cleaning service.
Contact us at (904) 383-7721 or fill out the form to get a free estimate or schedule your gutter cleaning service. Ask about our gutter cleaning specials too.