Gutters are relatively unobtrusive to look at but essential in making sure your home remains well-maintained and trouble-free. Gutters catch water running off the roof and safely divert it away from your home. It’s this seemingly small action that so positively affects other areas of your home. However, if you allow your gutter to become clogged up with leaves and debris, it ceases to work. Here are three reasons you should make gutter cleaning Jacksonville FL a priority on your to-do list.
Keep Your Insulation Intact
If your gutter is clogged, rainwater has nowhere to drain other than back into the roof shingles. If this continues long enough, it will eventually begin flooding your attic insulation and, sooner or later, your walls. This not only stops your insulation from working effectively but also creates the perfect environment for mold to grow, exposing you to a wealth of potential health issues.
Protect Your Roof From Water Damage
Rainwater will spread into your roof shingles if your guttering is poorly maintained and unable to divert excess water. If left ignored, it will rot your roof and continue to do so until it has soaked through the woodwork and into your interior walls. A gutter guard will protect your gutter from unwanted blockages and will make it much easier to clean in the long run.
Prevent Soggy Gardens
It may come as a surprise that a healthy lawn is often dependent on a working gutter system. If a gutter overflows, it’s not diverting the excess rainwater to an appropriate draining area, which can mean that your lawn becomes oversaturated. In the longer term, over-watering plants can actually deprive them of oxygen and kill them, resulting in an unattractive, patchy lawn.
Fall is the worst time of year for blocked gutters. Falling leaves and high winds throwing dirt up into the air is a recipe for a gutter disaster. Don’t leave your home at risk of water damage: add a professional gutter cleaning to your fall maintenance services and enjoy hassle-free guttering for months after.