When it comes to renovating or maintaining your home, many homeowners shy away from investing in their property as it can be costly and time-consuming. While it’s okay to push some projects up for a while, over time, the longer you leave your home maintenance projects on the back burner, the more money it can end up costing you. A common home maintenance project like cleaning out your gutters typically finds its way to the back burner. However, what a lot of homeowners don’t know is that cleaning your gutters can actually save you money upfront. Now, if you are wondering how this might be possible, let’s take a closer look!
Over time, it’s only natural that your gutters become filled with debris and water throughout the year. And while this may not be an issue for gutters that are clean, as the debris and water drain away from your home, gutters that are clogged hold onto moisture which can grow mold and mildew. This is not only harder to clean, but it can also grow to other areas of your home and create a health risk as well.
Again, as clogged gutters aren’t able to drain the water away from your home, you can run the risk of flooding and water damage on the exterior of your property, which also has the potential to seep into the interior of your home and create cracking. Therefore, by cleaning your gutters out, you can avoid the possibility of spending a lot of money renovating structural damage to your home. However, If the damage has already been done, it is best to contact us for a free inspection, so we can address any potential roof-related issues your gutters may have caused.
Another problem that can occur with clogged gutters is the potential for them to cause damage to your home’s foundation. When rainwater spills over your gutters instead of draining away from your property, it can soak into the ground and soften the foundation. This can cause cracks and make your foundation unstable which can cost thousands of dollars to fix compared to doing it yourself, or a couple hundred to have your gutters cleaned out by a professional.
Over time, as water and debris collect in your clogged gutters, they can become heavy, which they are not designed for, and cause your gutters to sink downwards. This not only puts your gutters at risk of detaching from your home, but it can also cause damage to the exterior as well.
Dirt, branches, seeds, and other debris carried by the wind to deposit into your gutters can cause thick mud to form that supports the growth of plants which can cause further blockage. Over time, the more that grows, the more money you are going to pay to get it removed altogether. Additionally, should the plants mature, they can also become heavy and cause further damage as well.
It seems like spending money upfront can save you money in the long run, as you can see, clogged gutters can cause significant damage to your property that can range from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands.