Summer’s the Time to Take Care of Those Gutters!

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Why cleaning your gutters should be at the top of your to do list.

It’s finally summer and there are a million jobs to be done around the home, so at first glance it might seem difficult to put cleaning your gutters at the top of your priority list.

Let’s face it, Vancouver gutters get hit with a lot of seasonal rainfall, typically from October to April. Over the winter, gutters fill with leaves and debris; that’s why summer is the ideal time to do gutter repair and cleaning and ensure that they are ready for next fall & winter.

Staying on top of this kind of home maintenance is crucial if you want to avoid unnecessary and costly repairs and problems later. Gutters need to be in a good state of repair and clear of debris, and summer is an ideal time to get that cleaning & repair tackled.

Why Clean and Repair Gutters?

house back yard in summer

To put it simply: Water needs to flow away from your house. The purpose of gutters is to take water from your roof, drain it, and pour it as far away from your home as possible. This protects your house trim, siding, windows, doors and foundation. It also ensures that there’s no standing water there for the summer to attract insects like carpenter ants, mosquitoes, etc.

If  this doesn’t happen, you can get all kinds of problems, including: Rot, mould, structural damage, and destruction of costly landscaping. Water can flow back into your eaves and cause widespread damage, even getting into walls. All of these mean expensive repairs. Yet all can be avoided with proper and timely maintenance.

That’s why it is so important to keep your gutters free of debris after the rainy season and make sure they are in good repair before the fall.

Clogged gutters can cause:

  • water to back up under the shingles and damage the roof
  • damage to the foundation (cracking, mould, collapse)
  • water to land in your shrubs, trees and flower beds
  • damage to the fascia behind the gutters
  • siding to stain
  • seeds and dirt to collect and plants to grow in your gutters, attracting birds and insects
  • gutters to sag and pull away from the house–this happens if the gutters are full of grit and leaves, and they aren’t able to carry the water away from the roof
  • water to overflow the sides of the gutters and lead to water damage and flooding in your basement

Why Hire Professionals?

When it comes to risky home maintenance like cleaning and repairing gutters, an inexperienced person can do more damage than good. Experts will do the job efficiently and safely and use the right tools for the job. Not only that, but a professional knows what they are looking for and can spot problems and head them off before they get worse.

For work around your home, it’s important to pick a company you can trust to care for and protect your valuable asset, and if you live in Vancouver, that company is Complete Gutters for all gutter repairs and services. Contact us today to schedule your next gutter cleaning or repair work.

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