Gutters are not only are part of the investment that you have made on your home, but they also provide an important function for you and your family. Most homeowners don’t give much thought to their gutters before they start experiencing issues, but it is important to know that regular gutter cleaning can prevent many frustrating and destructive issues to the structure of your house. Because of this, homeowners should make it a priority to take care of and clean out their gutters.

Failing to keep gutters clean may put crucial parts of your home in jeopardy, such as:

Wood Damage
Leaves and other debris can pile up in your gutters and collect moisture against the fascia board, the wooden foundations of the gutters that line the edges of the roof. Essentially, the debris pulls moisture up from various parts of the gutters to work through the fascia board and even to the outer edges of your roof where the moisture can severely damage the wood around your house. Furthermore, the water pooled by this debris can attract mosquitoes and termites that can cause a home to become a significantly less pleasant place to live.

Structural Damage
Clogged gutters are a major factor in instances of basement flooding. As water on the roof gathers around the infrastructure of the gutters and eventually spills over, it will quickly leak into and pool in your basement. If this continues it will weaken the foundations of the house and cause the structure to weaken and crack. The same can happen to your walkways and driveway.

Roof Damage
With regard to your home’s roof, shingle damage can occur due to negligence of proper gutter cleaning. When leaves are left and become piled too deeply in your gutters, water can cause damage to your roof and shingles by getting into the roof sheathing causing it to rot, even possibly causing rotting of the roof’s rafters.

Gutter cleaning can be one of the most important parts of the maintenance regiment for your house. All homeowners should be absolutely sure to give their gutters all of the care and attention that they can, to ensure the preservation of their investment.

At Madison Window Cleaning, we offer full service gutter cleaning for Madison, WI and surrounding areas, including Monona and Maple Bluff. Call us today at (608) 256-7632 or visit our website for a free quote with no obligation.