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Why It’s Important to Clean Your Gutters in the Fall


Having functioning gutters is important throughout the year. Still, we at Integrity Roofing, Siding, Gutters, and Windows would like to remind you that gutter cleaning is an essential item on your fall to-do list.

 

Those beautiful leaves that you admired in early October will have fallen from the trees and clogged up your gutters by early November. So before you eat your Thanksgiving Day turkey, you need to make sure you have removed leaves, sticks, and other debris from your gutters.

 

Reasons You Need to Clean Your Gutters

You probably already know why you should clean your gutters. Here’s a reminder of what could happen if you put off this task.

 

  1. Cleaning your gutters will protect your roof. 

The water that lands on your roof needs to go somewhere. Excess moisture can cause your shingles to deteriorate and your soffit and fascia to rot.

 

When a home has clean gutters, the water that lands on your roof has someplace to go.

 

  1. Cleaning your gutters will prevent water from getting into your basement.

Water from overflowing gutters will land around the perimeter of your home. This water will end up around your foundation and may find its way inside your home through hairline cracks. Discovering that your basement carpet is wet would ruin any day.

 

Keep that box of old yearbooks that’s sitting on your basement floor free from damage by cleaning your gutters.

 

  1. Cleaning your gutters will prevent rodents, birds, and insects from damaging your home.

Leaves, small sticks, and other debris may make a wonderful home for small birds, rodents, and insects. However, even though you may be all for helping wildlife, you probably don’t wish to do so at the expense of your siding.

 

If you want to help the wildlife, put up a bird feeder. If you want to protect your home’s siding, clean your gutters.

 

  1. Cleaning your gutters will prevent a cracked foundation.

The combination of water in the soil and freezing temperatures can cause problems with your home’s foundation. Cracked or shifting foundations can be incredibly expensive to fix.

 

Interior doors that don’t close and cracks in the sheetrock are signs of a troubled foundation. Keep this from happening in your home by keeping water away from your foundation.

 

We get it. Gutter cleaning isn’t an enjoyable way to spend a fall afternoon. In fact, every year, people break their legs from falling off the roof while cleaning their gutters.

 

If you dread gutter cleaning, reach out to Integrity. No, we won’t come out and clean your gutters for you, but we will keep you from ever having to do it again. We offer gutter protection products that will eliminate the hassle of cleaning your gutters.

 

Our gutter protection products may be able to be added to your existing gutters. Let our gutter experts take a look and recommend the right gutter guard for your situation.

 

If your gutters aren’t functioning as they should, give Integrity Roofing, Siding, Gutters, and Windows a call. We will evaluate your gutter system and recommend a gutter protection system that will keep the rainwater flowing away from your home.

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