Gutter Cleaning is one of the easier things to put off and even forget about. Nobody’s favorite pastime on a Saturday involves getting out the ladder, risking injury, and hauling gunk out of the eaves troughs. It is, however, one of the most important ways of preventing expensive home damage from occurring. There are a variety of things that can go wrong when gutters are left unattended.
Gutters are designed to funnel all of the water that falls on the roof into two or three downspouts, preventing water from falling off the roof in uneven and potentially harmful amounts. When your gutters are clogged, they will still funnel all the water to those two or three downspouts, only instead of draining down the downspout, they will pour over the edge. The result is an extremely unbalanced runoff. This heavily concentrated runoff is what gutters were designed to prevent, but when neglected, they can in turn make the problem much worse. With large amounts of water hitting the ground a couple of things can happen. In the spot where the water hits there will be a good deal of erosion, and if close enough to the home it is not uncommon to see basement flooding. It can also be devastating to any landscaping done around the home. In the case of flooding, the costs of re-dry walling, and re-sealing the basement walls are a great reason to keep on top of gutter cleaning.
When gutters clog and overflow, water goes both over the ledge of the gutter, and back into the fascia board. This can cause one of the two things: cause decay and rot of the fascia board, or seep in past the fascia board into the roof. A rotted-out fascia board leads to more water seeping through, which can create some serious issues including wood rot, mold and mildew, flooding, and various other issues.
The weight of water-filled gutters over an extended period of time is often enough to cause damage to your gutters. The most common issue we see with gutters is incorrect sloping, and oftentimes, it’s the neglect of the homeowner that has caused the problem. When gutters are not cleaned, water will become trapped and unable to flow to the downspout, it is left long enough it will slowly drag down the gutter, reducing the naturally set slope of the or even creating a new slope in the wrong direction. The result is a gutter system that will not properly drain. This is an issue that gets exponentially worse over time, so don’t let it happen in the first place!
While these are the least serious of the problems associated with gutter neglect, nobody wants their home to turn into a breeding ground of the aforementioned bugs and hazardous mold. Depending on location and time of year, this can be a serious headache, stay on top of your home maintenance, and this won’t be an issue!
There are many reasons to hire a professional company to take care of your gutter problems. We realize that maintaining your home isn’t the reason you bought it, and not everyone is a gutters specialist.
Don’t risk serious injury over trying to save a couple of bucks. It is dangerous working on ladders and roofs and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Professional Vancouver gutter cleaning companies such as West Coast Roof Cleaning will always hold WCB and will use only the safest methods of cleaning your gutters.
When we clean your gutters at West Coast Roof Cleaning, we inspect your gutters complementary to each clean, ensuring there are no other potential issues that may cause serious and expensive damage.
We have the right tools to clean your gutters without damaging them. We use standoff bars to prevent your gutters from becoming scratched or scuffed. Our combination of hand and gutter vac tools will get your gutter functioning again safely and quickly.
In Vancouver, gutter cleaning is a good idea at least once a year for most people. Each home is different, and some will need much more frequent cleaning, if you are one of these people, you may want to take a look at our gutter guard page to learn more about our permanent solution to gutter cleaning, Rain Flow Total Gutter Protection. To book a gutter clean, give us a call at 604 773 7034 and we can give you an estimate in minutes. Don’t put it off any longer. Book Now!