Owning a home is a joyous experience. But with great power comes great responsibility.Once you have your own home, you can decorate it as you wish, but you need to maintain it—and regularly. One of the not-so-glamorous tasks that come with owning a home is cleaning the gutters. Unclean and under-maintained gutters can result in a wide range of problems you won’t want to deal with.
Dirty gutters can breed harmful bacteria and fungi, which are detrimental to your health. Here are some reasons why gutter cleaning is essential for ensuring good health:
Gutters Breed Insects:
Even if you aren’t afraid of creepy crawlies like spiders, you probably don’t want them anywhere around your home. Gutters provide the ideal environment for insects to breed.
Water, leaves, and dirt can clog up gutters, creating the wet and dirty conditions that insects love. They will swarm around the gutters and build their nest there. Some of these can be dangerous to humans as well.
Stagnant Water Causes Diseases:
Stagnant sitting water can breed many pests and mosquitos that transmit malaria. Mold is also known to grow in the wet conditions of a gutter.
Not cleaning the gutters effectively can cause clogging and water pools to form, which result in diseases.
Water Damage Inside And Outside The Home:
The purpose of gutters is to protect the structure of your home from water damage. They are meant to carry water away from the house.
But if left dirty, they can cause water to back up and seep into the roof and walls. Pooling water on the roof can cause structural damage and may even lead to the roof collapsing.
Regularly cleaning the gutter prevents flooding problems in the basement as well.
Water damage can also ruin the exterior of your home. Dirty and clogged rain gutters are ineffective at carrying water away, and this water will damage your home.
Your house’s foundation is in danger from clogged rain gutters, and the soil can also get destabilized, causing the foundation to shift. This shift can lead to cracks in the walls, driveways, sidewalks, and patios.
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Image alt text: Damp conditions promote mold and moss growth on the roof
Water Can Ruin Landscaping:
Clogged gutters can impact landscaping too. People who’ve put precious time and effort into lawn maintenance know how much it hurts when something damages their hard work.
Unclean and clogged gutters can cause water to spill in random places, washing away your landscaping.