Suffering from Allergy Symptoms? So Are Your Gutters!

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Some of the most common symptoms of springtime allergies in Vancouver are watery eyes and stuffy nose.

eavestroughs, gutters and downspout

Have you ever noticed your house is experiencing some of the same symptoms come spring? Leaky roofs, clogged pipes, and more are some of the signs that show you that you need to take care of your gutters.

Clogged Gutters are a Hazard

gutters and downspout on homeTypically, it’s recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice a year, in autumn and spring. This is simply because a lot of debris is collected in the eavestroughs and downspouts during these times, and if you don’t take care of it, it could cause major problems down the line, damaging your walls, foundation, and other elements.

Let’s take a look at some symptoms that show you that your gutters are suffering from “allergies," and why you should treat those symptoms as soon as possible.

Poorly Maintained Gutters Cause Leaky Roofs

The gutters of your home are easily clogged up by various types of debris, branches, leaves, ice, and even small animals.

If your gutters are clogged, our lovely Vancouver rain could cause some major problems, as rainwater accumulates inside the gutter and tries to find a place to escape.

One of the biggest problems this could cause is leaky roofs. The water seeps through the roof and goes on to damage your walls, plaster, and insulation.

The moisture allows mould to develop, which can have negative effects on your health, worsening your allergies and more.

Flooding in Your Basement and Around Your Home

cleaning gutters filled with leaves and debrisWater always tries to find lower ground to escape to, and if the gutters are blocked, there are two things that could happen. Either the water will overflow from the gutters, flooding your garden, and pooling around your home; or the water will escape to your basement due to a leak.

Both of these problems can be avoided by following a spring cleaning check-list, and ensuring that gutters are clean and well-maintained.

Pesky Pests

Gutters provide a safe shelter for various kinds of animals that spring up around this time of year. It’s not uncommon for birds, rodents, and others to start building nests in your gutters, as the branches and leaves that build up in them provide them with an ideal home.

They then move on to introduce insects and various other kinds of pests into your home, and this can be extremely difficult to deal with.

Allergy Medicine for Your Gutters

The best way to ensure that your gutters are healthy and functional is to invest in their maintenance. Some basic cleaning can be done on your own, depending on your time availability and skill set. However, if the gutters are placed too high up on the roof, or you’re noticing that there are cracks or other problems, you should call the professionals.

Complete Gutters in Vancouver can help you solve any problems you might be facing. We can also help you save money in the long run, as you wouldn’t have to worry about damage to your roof, walls, foundation, etc. caused by clogged gutters.

Contact us today for your next gutter cleaning, gutter inspection, or any gutter repair or replacement needs you may have.

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