cleaning out gutters during the fall

Benefits of Fall Gutter Cleaning

Owning your own home can be a bit tricky when it comes to regular maintenance. Chances are you have a lot of the basics down, but there’s one thing that sometimes escapes the eye of homeowners: the gutters. 

Gutters are essential to your home in that they shield much of the rest of your house from water damage. Without them, your home would quickly experience some major issues. If you’ve not yet discovered how to best take care of your gutter system, here are a few benefits that you might find by doing so. 

Prevent Pests

You may not have made the connection before, but dirty gutters can quickly become breeding grounds for several pests. When your gutters become full of twigs, branches, and leaves, they create nice, cozy nesting grounds for rodents like mice and rats. If your gutters experience a blockage from these types of items, water won’t be able to flow through, so it remains stagnant. This standing water creates the perfect pool for mosquitos to breed in. Fall gutter cleaning can prevent these types of pests that will soon find their way into your house to escape the cold winter temperatures. 

Longer Roof Lifespan

When it rains, the water will ideally run off the roof and into the gutter system, to be deposited elsewhere outside the home. However, if you haven’t done any gutter cleaning recently, blockages in the gutters can prevent the water from running off. The only other place for the water to go is straight down – right through your roof. This will immediately cause leaks that will damage your roof, attic, and ceilings inside your home. Regular cleaning will allow the runoff to go in a much safer direction and you won’t have to do any roof repairs. 

Home Beauty

If you’re not sure that the home you live in now is the one you’ll own forever, keep in mind that gutter cleaning can drastically affect the beauty and value of your home. Aside from preventing damage to the home, neglected gutters can become heavy and start to fall off, giving your home a dilapidated look that will prevent much interest from buyers. If the outside of your home appears neglected and dirty, buyers may assume the same of the interior and will be less likely to be interested in the property. 

Health and Safety

If you allow gutters to become full of organic matter like leaves and twigs, not only will you breed pests, as mentioned above, but you could also run the risk of allowing the growth of mildew, mold, and various fungi. These growths can be extremely harmful to the health of you, your family, and your pets. If allowed to grow, it could quickly spread to the interior of your home, which will be a bigger job to fix. 

Gutter Cleaning & Junk Removal Services in Peabody & Lynn, MA

Regular gutter cleaning, especially in the autumn months when leaves are falling and critters are looking for someplace cozy to stay, is essential to keeping your home well-maintained throughout the winter. Flannery’s Handymen can help you tackle the task of fall gutter cleaning, so check them out by calling (781) 775 – 9943 or filling out our online contact form!

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