The climate in Yulee is perfect for creating gutter problems. Wide-ranging temperatures, heat, humidity, blazing sun, rain, high winds, and more make an ideal combination for gutter debris, overflowing, and damage. You probably don’t think much about your home’s gutters and you shouldn’t – they are part of your house and they should just be doing their job. But when you treat your gutters right, they’ll pay you back.
Gutters Are an Important Part of Your home’s Exterior
Gutters channel water away from your home’s siding and foundation and prevent water damage. That’s a big deal! Without gutters, your home’s foundation would be consistently battered by water. Water can pool around the foundation or soak down and cause leaks, both of which weaken your overall foundation.
And it’s not just the foundation — look over your yard and landscaping the next time there is a hard rain. You may see little (or big) lagoons of rainwater, the creation of channels or ditches, and an overall muddy mess. In some cases, water may even run down and get trapped behind siding causing increasing damage to walls and siding each time it rains.
Gutters give rainwater a place to go. You want the water off your roof and away from your home in a specific, directed manner. But clogged or damaged gutters are just as bad as not having any gutters.
Dirt, debris, toys, and other small objects cause blockages that cause rainwater to overflow out of your gutters. That clobbers the ground and foundation below. Properly installed and maintained gutters and downspouts help protect your home’s foundation, siding, and landscaping.
If this sounds like your home, call (904) 383-7721 or fill out the form for a free gutter cleaning estimate or to schedule a service appointment.
Here’s Why Gutter Cleaning Is Not a DIY Job
We don’t often think about how functional our gutters are until they stop working properly.
- Gutter back-ups overflowing with water and cascading onto your head when you’re entering your home
- Dirt and water seeping behind your siding and shutters
- Water pooling around your foundation
- Water damage to your landscaping
Keeping gutters clean is easy preventable maintenance, but for most homes, it’s not a great do-it-yourself project.
Dangerous run-ins with nearby power lines and the very real risk of falling off a steep, slippery roof or unstable ladder are exactly why you shouldn’t DIY gutter cleaning. Additionally, most homeowners do not have the proper equipment to safely and thoroughly clean gutters. Scooping out dirt and debris with a hand trowel then rinsing with an outdoor hose isn’t going to cut it.
Also, most of the time you’re looking at your gutters, it’s from the ground up. So, you have no idea what is actually hiding inside, causing gutter dirt and clogs. Rodents, birds, and other small animals like to use gutters to build their nests and host their families. Imagine being up on your roof or on a ladder and having a squirrel jump out at you or a bird fly into your face — that is an accident waiting to happen.
Professionals like the experts at First Coast Home Pros use special vacuum equipment and safe, but strong, power washing equipment to make sure the job is done effectively. These are not tools available to the average homeowner. So, if you want your gutter cleaning job done right, it’s definitely a job to have done professionally.
What Can Happen When You Don’t Clean Your Gutters
Overflowing water has to go somewhere. And that somewhere is your roof, eaves, soffits, and fascia. And when all those areas are continuously inundated with water, they can sustain damage. When your roof is damaged that can lead to leaks inside your home as well.
Leaks and water seeping into your home can deteriorate interior walls, causing mold and mildew problems. It’s not often we look at a damp crack in the wall and think about clogged and failing gutters, but they can be the root of the problem.
The deluge of water overflowing from your clogged gutters during rainstorms doesn’t only affect your roof, it affects the foundation and ground beneath it. It can also lead to soggy and damaged landscaping, at best, and serious foundation cracks and stability issues, at worst. And water that isn’t diverted properly with gutters and downspouts can end up in your basement if you have one.
How to Make Gutter Cleaning Part of Your Home Maintenance Routine
Call (904) 383-7721 or fill out the form. That’s it! Let the experts at First Coast Home Pros take care of the risk and the mess and do your gutter cleaning right. We even pressure wash the exterior of your gutters so they look as sparkling clean on the outside as they are on the inside. And we 100 percent guarantee our gutter cleaning service, so contact us today.