Your gutters will naturally accumulate dirt, dust, and debris over time. Once fall arrives, however, accumulation will speed up as the leaves start falling from the trees. As a result, you need to put in more time and effort to keep your gutters clear.
Your gutters and downspouts make sure that rainwater flows from your roof and away from your house. Without gutters — or if they are blocked or in disrepair –rainwater can flow into all sorts of places and can cause serious damage.
If water gets under your roof, it can seep into ceilings and walls, causing them to rot, change shape, and even become infested with mold. If you are lucky, you will get away with only minor damage to your home. If you are unlucky, you and your loved ones may come down with health complications as a result of exposure to mold spores in your house.
Gutter obstructions make matters worse in the winter. For example, if rainwater starts seeping into the foundations of your home, cycles of freezing and thawing can cause walls and foundations to crack. Similarly, if rainwater is not permitted to flow where it should, the backup can damage gutters once winter causes it to freeze into place. Clogged or overflowing gutters result in icicles during freezing temperatures, and that puts additional stress on the gutter system and roof.
Cleaning your gutters isn’t an especially fun job anytime of the year, but it’s easier to take care of this simple maintenance task during the fall than during cold and icy weather in winter.
You have options if you are either unable or unwilling to put in the time and effort needed to keep your gutters clear during the fall. For example, you can count on Horch Roofing for efficient and effective service with this and other roof-related matters. Call (207) 273-1111 or request a quote.