Importance of Gutter Cleaning
The effects of clogged gutters costs millions of dollars each year in water damage, basement flooding and foundation erosion, not to mention that they are a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes, termites and mold.
Gutter cleaning is an ongoing and very important home maintenance task that should not be ignored until the fall season. Most home experts recommend that you clean your gutters three to four times each year (spring, summer, early and late fall).
All deciduous trees produce organic litter in the form of buds, flowers, seeds, small bits of bark, twigs and leaves on a never-ending annual cycle. Evergreens are just as bad as they shed needles and other bits of debris throughout the year. In addition, after each rainstorm, asphalt from roof shingles runs off into your gutters, inevitably causing them to clog.
Damage Resulting from Clogged Gutters
Here is an example of water damage caused by an overflowing gutter that was not cleaned in time.
When gutters have debris piled up above the flashing or shingle line, the debris can hold moisture on the fascia boards - the horizontal boards at the end of the roof overhang.
The moisture can also affect the roof sheathing and framing beyond the fascia. This moisture can cause dry rot, ice dams and a variety of other problems