Contractor Tips Blog

Dec
3

Protect Your Home with Routine Gutter Cleaning

Your home’s gutter system provides a valuable service by directing water run-off from your roof away from your home. When gutters become clogged with debris, they can overflow and retain water under your eaves that can cause serious damage. Routine gutter cleaning helps ensure this system is working correctly to provide the drainage benefits necessary to protect your home from too much water saturation.

When gutters are clogged, water will be prevented from safely draining away from your home. This can cause many issues over time. If the water is flowing down your siding, it can cause mildew and damage to the sides of your home. Water that is retained in gutters can also lead to rot under your eaves. Plus, the water that seeps into the ground around your home can cause soil erosion that can impact your foundation and landscaping. Cleaning your gutters at least once a year is the best way to prevent these types of drainage issues.

Hire a Professional for Safe Gutter Cleaning

While you can clean your gutters yourself, it can be a dangerous job. Standing on a ladder or on your roof while using a pressure washer or removing debris by hand is risky. It is worth the investment to hire a professional that has the right training and equipment to clean your gutters thoroughly while you stay safely on the ground.

Early spring and late fall are usually the most beneficial times to perform gutter cleaning to ensure your system stays clear of debris. It is a wise investment to hire a pressure washing company to perform this task, protecting your home and property from water and drainage issues.

Posted on behalf of:
Impact Pressure Washing
105 Commerce Drive
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(678) 697-7127

Nov
15

Safe Gutter Cleaning

Posted in Gutter Cleaning

It’s that time of year again to get the summer’s worth of leaves, dirt, pine needles, and other debris out of your gutters.  Get them cleaned out now and they will be ready to go for winter and when the spring rains come.  Don’t let all those leaves and other gunk clog your gutters.

Gutters do a very important job by directing water away from your home.  Water that accumulates around your home can cause basement leaks, settling and cracking of your foundation, and provides a moist environment that attracts bugs.  Moisture that accumulates in the gutters can cause wood rot in your roof and fascia.  Gutters prevent these problems by collecting the water that runs off your roof and channeling it safely out into your yard, but they won’t work if they are clogged with leaves and other debris.

There are a lot of devices on the market that claim to make gutter cleaning “fast and easy”.  Unfortunately, the reality is that the best way to ensure your gutters are thoroughly cleaned is to climb up there on a ladder and clean them by hand.

Be sure you take the appropriate safety precautions before you climb up the ladder to clean your gutters.  The ladder should be the right height for the job and be securely and evenly positioned.  Have someone on the ground to help steady the ladder. Don’t lean or stretch to reach the next section of gutter.  Instead, climb down and move the ladder so you can comfortably reach the area without leaning or stretching.  Always stay well away from power lines, including the lines that supply power to your home.

If you are uncomfortable at all while working on a ladder, it is well worth it to hire a gutter cleaning service to do the job.  Every year, thousands of Americans are injured or even killed falling from ladders.  Don’t take unnecessary risks when there many excellent gutter cleaning services who can get the job done safely for a reasonable price.

Nov
15

The Importance of Gutter Cleaning

Posted in Gutter Cleaning

Keeping you gutters clean is an important home maintenance task for almost every home.  Gutters do an important job of collecting rainwater runoff from your roof and directing it safely away from your home’s foundation.  If you allow your gutters to become clogged with leaves and debris, the gutters will overflow with water which can cause some serious problems.

Rainwater that accumulates around your foundation can leak into your basement or lower level and cause flooding, mold, mildew, and other issues.  Water also weakens the support for your foundation which can lead to cracking and settling.  In addition, moist soil around the home is haven for bugs and termites.  Keeping your gutters clean will allow them to do their job of directing water away from your homes foundation and keep the soil around your home relatively dry.

Clogged gutters can also lead to roof damage.  Moisture an enemy of your roof.  Clogged gutters not only allow water to pool in the gutter, the leaves, pine needles and other debris hold moisture.  These damp areas can lead to rotted wood deck and fascia.  The excess moisture also harms composition asphalt shingles by promoting the growth of mold and mildew.  Water that gets under shingles causes wood rot and can lead to ice dams and other problems.

You can avoid all of these problems by cleaning your gutters whenever they show signs of clogging, but at least twice a year.  You will need to clean them more frequently if you have a lot of trees in your area.  If you are not comfortable cleaning the gutters yourself, have them cleaned by a reputable gutter cleaning service.

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