One of the best ways to keep your roof in good condition is to keep the rain gutters cleaned out and maintained. This is especially important before summer storms begin, so here’s what you should know about maintaining gutters.
Water Damage Prevention
One of the biggest dangers from clogged or damaged rain gutters is water damage. Debris can collect in gutters, forming a dam that blocks the water from reaching the downspout. The water begins to collect behind the dam, then seeps into the edges of the roof and the underlying layers. Finally, the water will penetrate the roof, causing water and mold damage to your home. Poorly functioning gutters will also fail to move water away from your home’s foundation, which could cause settling.
Pests are also drawn to standing water and the leaves and twigs that collect. Mosquitoes will breed in the standing water and other pests like rodents and insects will build nests in or around the gutters. Not only will pests damage the gutters and roof, but they’re likely to move into your attic eventually.
How to Maintain Gutters
Having your gutters professionally cleaned and maintained allows a qualified roofer to look for issues that are preventing the gutters from working properly. Roofers look for clogged gutters and downspouts, sagging sections, areas that are pulling away from the home, missing fasteners, and holes or other damage to the gutters. They’ll determine if you need repairs or gutter replacement.
CM Roofing Pros can help with gutter cleaning and repair, so call them today.