The Importance of Cleaning Your GuttersAugust 3, 2011 0 Comments
(The House Outfitters) – Almost all homes are built with some sort of guttering system – a series of gutters and downspouts that are attached to the roof line of the home and that run down along the side edges to channel water away from the house to the ground below. This system is important because it keeps water from traveling through the edges of the roof, down the walls, in the windows, and ultimately into the house, where it can cause all sorts of problems.
In order to keep your gutters working their best, however, it is important that you periodically clean them to remove any debris and leaves that can collect along the span of the gutters. When too many leaves or debris collect within these channels, the water has nowhere to run, so it winds up running down the sides of the house and that can cause problems with basement flooding and other areas of flooding inside the house.
The other problem that arises is that debris that is caught in the gutters that gets pushed along the route by the traveling water eventually winds up getting stuck in the downspouts, and that can cause a big backup because it is not easy to get to the clog. In order to remove the debris, you wind up having to deal with the downspouts as you would a clogged toilet, which is not a fun process.The best way to clean out your gutters is to get up there once or twice a year on a ladder, put on some heavy duty gloves (there are sharp edges along the inside of the channels), grab a garbage bag, and then scoop out as many leaves and piles of debris as you can. Then run a hose with water turned on to see if you have cleared out the area sufficiently. There are specialized tools you can use for this job, but they are not really needed if you keep u with periodic maintenance.
For information on emergency water removal, visit the AdvantaClean website.