The Hidden Dangers of Dirty Gutters

If you live in a climate with above-average precipitation, properly maintained gutters are essential to the health and well-being of your home. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania averages roughly 47 inches of rain annually, nearly a foot more than other US cities. If you live in Philadelphia or the surrounding area, you’re probably familiar with many of the benefits of having a rain gutter system on your home. They help direct the flow of rainwater to protect your property from damage and pests. However, if they aren’t kept clean and free of debris, they could actually be doing more harm than good.

Why Keep Gutters Clean?

Cleaning gutters is a dangerous and dirty job, but a necessary one. Gutters that fill up with leaves and debris can harbor many potential hazards. They can become heavy and pull away from the house causing damage or posing a risk to people below. Some other common problems include costly repairs, erosion, and flooding. More expensive damage can include foundation settling, uneven floors, and cracks in the walls or chimney of your home. Maintaining your gutter system costs less than repairing it and it will perform better.

Protection from water damage isn’t the only reason to clean and maintain your gutter system. There are many pests who take up residence in the warmth of clogged gutters. You may find rodents, termites, carpenter ants, or even wasps who not only become pests but can eventually make their way into your home. The good news is that the better your gutters are maintained, the easier they are to clean and the better they function. Furthermore, a clean gutter system lasts longer saving you money down the road.  

How Often to Clean Gutters

You should expect to at least have your gutters cleaned in the spring and the fall after the trees have lost most of their leaves. Semi-annual gutter cleaning is the minimum recommendation, depending on the surrounding landscape and climate. Those who have more foliage near their home should plan on having their gutters cleaned more often, up to every three months. Every home is unique and will have its own individual maintenance requirements.

Why Call a Professional

Water damage is tricky and can be hard to spot with the untrained eye. The Gutter People has experienced service professionals dedicated to helping prevent deceptive and costly water damage to homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the surrounding area. Unfortunately, maintaining your gutter system is not an optional home maintenance task but it doesn’t have to be a headache. The work may be laborious and unforgiving, but we love the jobs you hate to do. At The Gutter People, our highly trained technicians can help you save a small fortune in home repairs by keeping your gutters clean and free of debris. Contact us today for an estimate on a one-time gutter cleaning or a long-term gutter cleaning service maintenance program designed to protect your property and your peace of mind.