Sugar Land Roofing: Article About Clean Your Gutters, Or Else!
Except when teaching our preschoolers the song titled, "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," gutters and downspouts are often overlooked and forgotten. However, these structures play a very important part in your home's ability to withstand the elements. Neglecting them can cause your home to need very serious and expensive repairs down the road. Problems from flooded basements to leaking ceilings to insect infestations can all be caused by poorly maintained gutters and downspouts.
The purpose of your gutters is to carry rain water and melting snow away from your home, preventing it from doing serious damage. Gutters should be cleaned out twice a year. Let the trees remind you when to do it: in the spring after the trees drop their seed pods and in the fall after all the leaves have fallen. If your gutters and downspouts have been neglected for a long time, you might need to have new ones installed by a reputable roofing professional, like the ones at Sugar Land Roofing.
If your gutters are not cleaned regularly, they will not function properly. As ice and water become trapped by clogged gutters and downspouts, the roof and its satellite structures, such as soffits and fascia boards, can rot or become compromised, leading to a leaky roof that causes further damage to your home's interior and easy access for rodents and other animals that can chew wiring, destroy attic insulation, or cause other structural damage.
The roofing experts at Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of Sugar Land TX can assist you with questions about gutters or residential roofing.
Leaking roofs also allow moisture into the attic where the combination of moisture and heat can become the perfect breeding ground for black mold and other related problems.
Additionally, clogged gutters and downspouts can no longer carry water away from your home's foundation. This water can cause serious problems for your home. Water that spills off the roof and against your house can lead to cracked foundations, water damage and mold in basement walls, and rotten wood at the foot of your house, inviting termites and carpenter ants to take up residence in your walls and destroy your investment.
Finally, water that falls from your roof without being diverted by properly functioning gutters and downspouts will destroy landscaping over time. The landscaping in your front yard is what adds to the curb appeal and resale value of your home. Allowing it to be destroyed by clogged gutters, not only detracts from your home's beauty, it will cause your home to lose value and depreciate over time.