It’s easy to forget about your gutters throughout the year, but when was the last time they were cleaned? If you don’t have an answer, it’s a good sign that it’s already been too long. Gutter cleaning is essential in keeping your home safe and your gutters intact.
The Gutter Doctor in Calgary is a professional home exterior services provider. They share some clear signs that your gutters need professional cleaning.
The fascia boards are stained
Look at your fascia boards and check if there is any water staining on them. When gutters become clogged, the water can’t drain out properly, leading to dirty water mucking up the boards. The clog can lead to mildew and even mould if left alone. Before that happens, call a professional to clear and clean your gutters.
The gutters are sagging
Does it look like your gutters are visibly sagging against the roof? That’s a tell-tale sign there’s too much weight in the gutter. The main risk is that the eavestroughs eventually fail and break free from the roof. The cost of repairs to the roof and getting new eavestroughs is more than just cleaning it. If the issue is from leaves constantly clogging the gutter, consider installing a gutter screen. These help stop leaves from getting in and reduce the maintenance needed overall.
If water starts to flood out over the gutters, it’s either from a clog or because the downspouts aren’t the right fit. Clogs can also happen in the downspout, so it’s worth having a professional assess your gutter system. Assessing the needs of your home and gutter helps improve your gutter system overall. As a result, there will be fewer clogs, fewer repairs and no more overflowing water that can cause damage to your landscape.
Insects have made a home
Standing water is an ideal, moist environment for moss to settle in and grow. Not only can that moss cause damage to your home, but it also invites critters and animals to settle in. Call a professional if you notice birds or insects buzzing around your gutters. Standing water can easily go unnoticed; the longer it sits, the worse the problem becomes.
Winter ice dams
While ice dams are not caused by clogged gutter issues, they are still something you should watch out for. They’re caused by inadequate attic ventilation, and the ice buildup can damage your roof and gutters if not remedied. If you’ve tried upgrading your attic insulation and ventilation, and the problem persists, you can try to install zig-zagging heat cables. The heat cables can help decrease snow and ice build-up along the edge of your roof.
Eavestroughs in Calgary
For over 20 years, The Gutter Doctor has provided quality services and exterior home support. With 50,000 projects under their belts, you can rest assured their team can handle your home project. You know who to call for gutter cleaning, repairs, installations or replacements.
Contact The Gutter Doctor today!
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