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

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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 summerTo 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
  • house roof gutters and eavestroughsdamage 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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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.