The eavestroughs on your home serve an important purpose. While you may not spend much time thinking about the gutters and eavestroughs of your home, they play a vital role in protecting your home and the property against a variety of different types of damage.
Unfortunately, many homeowners just ignore their eavestroughs and fail to get them cleaned as often as they should. Since they are hard to reach and it can be a dangerous task, this is somewhat understandable. While it may be understandable, by neglecting your eavestroughs and failing to get them cleaned, you could be allowing for a condition that is damaging to your home.
With this article, we are going to take a look at the different types of damage that can be caused clogged eavestroughs and why it is so important to maintain clean gutters.
While the eavestroughs do run along the edge of the roof, they are not there to protect the roof from damage. The gutter system on a home is there to protect the foundation, fascia and the siding. They catch the water and snowmelt that runs off the roof, and channel it away from the home to prevent damage.
When the gutters get clogged, the water can back up and go on to the roof. If the water stays there for long enough, it can cause rot that will result in leaks, and it could eventually damage the roof to the point where it needs to be replaced.
Roof repairs can be very expensive. Depending on the type of shingles, the slope and the size of the area that needs to be replaced, it can easily cost several thousand dollars. The process of replacing a roof can take a day or more to complete, so there is also the additional concern of the disruption that this major repair will have on your home life.
One of the main purposes of the eavestroughs is to collect water so it can be channeled away from the foundation of the home. If your gutters are clogged or in a state of disrepair, then it could put your foundation at risk for significant damage.
The foundation is one of the most important parts of the home. When the foundation is damaged, it puts the whole structure at risk. With clogged gutters, the water can overflow and pool up around the foundation or saturate the ground around the foundation. This can cause cracks that may compromise the integrity of the foundation, it could result in basement leaks and there is also the risk of the foundation sinking or shifting.
The cost of foundation repairs can vary significantly depending on the type of damage and its extent. If you have cracks in the foundation that are caught early, it could be something as simple as an epoxy injection. However, if your foundation needs to be stabilized with piers, the costs can reach into the thousands of dollars.
When your eavestroughs are clogged and water spills over the side, it can put various wood components of the structure at risk. It could rot the fascia board the runs around the edge of the roof and it could put things like door and window frames at risk.
The wood fascia around the roof is at a particular risk. Not only can the water overflow and cause the fascia to rot, but since the gutters are often attached to the fascia, the weight of debris and water built up in the eavestroughs can case the gutters to pull away from the structure.
Depending on the damage, getting all of this wood replaced can be costly. You might need to replace the fascia on the home, window frames and doorframes might need to be repaired or replaced and there is the potential that some of the structural wood could be damaged.
The debris and pooling water can also be an attractive place for a variety of different types of pests. Still water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, birds might try to build nests in the built up debris in the eavestroughs, and termites can live in the accumulation of leaves and twigs that build up in a gutter.
Birds and other nesting animals could cause damage to the gutters that can lead to the need for replacement. Nesting in the eavestroughs could also lead to these animals finding a way into the attic and nesting in there. With termites, you obviously have the damage that they can cause by eating away at the wood, and there is the cost of hiring an exterminator.
Maintaining clean eavestroughs is one of the most important steps in protecting your home against a variety of different expensive repairs. When it comes to how often you should have the gutters and eavestroughs cleaned, it depends on a few factors. It comes down to the number of trees on your property and the design of the eavestroughs and gutters.
At a minimum, you want to have the eavestroughs cleaned at least once a year. If you only do it annually, then it should be right before fall. That being said, many experts recommend having it done twice a year. Once at the beginning of fall to make sure that they are clear for the heavy rain and falling leaves to come, and once in the spring to remove all of the leaves and debris that would have accumulated during the fall and winter.
If you do not have the equipment or feel don’t feel like exposing yourself to the risks that can come with cleaning your eavestroughs, then you should contract with a professional to have it done at least once a year. It is a fairly low cost service that can prevent thousands of dollars worth of damage.
The team from NICK’S Window Cleaning is ready to clean and inspect all of your eavestroughs, gutters and downspouts. We have the experience and equipment to do the job right, and we can even find and repair leaks. Apply for a free estimate at our homepage or call our office to schedule an appointment.