When it comes to home maintenance, a lot of attention is paid to things like plumbing and roofing. Both of those things are important, to be sure, but there are other parts of the home that tend to get neglected. Your home's rain gutters are one part of the home that a lot of people tend to forget about for a good portion of the year. However, they need to be maintained regularly, just like another other aspect of your home. Here are three reasons it's important to clean your gutters.
1. Clogged gutters can hurt your foundation and lead to flooding in the basement.
The purpose of rain gutters is to take rain water and drain it away from your house. However, if you allow leaves and debris to remain in the gutters, they can't do this. Instead, the water accumulates on top of the leaves and debris and begins overflowing.
This accumulation causes the water to stay near the house - particularly the foundation. When this happens, it not only can harm your house's foundation, but can also lead to flooding in your basement. Neither of these things are good, so it is best to clean out your gutters to prevent this from happening.
2. Stagnant water in gutters can attract pests.
If there is one thing many pests love, it is stagnant water. This is especially true in the summer months, when mosquitoes are in abundance. Stagnant water in your rain gutters can also attract other pests to your home, such as ants and cockroaches.
Once you have a problem with ants and cockroaches, they can be very difficult to get rid of. It is better to simply make sure your rain gutters are clear so you can better avoid these problem pests in your home.
3. Allowing debris to accumulate in the gutters can damage the gutters themselves.
If you go for a very long time without cleaning your gutters, it can cause problems not only for your home and with pests, but also for the gutters themselves. As more and more leaves, debris, and water accumulate, they get heavier. Gutters are not made to withstand a tremendous amount of weight - at least not the amount that can accumulate over the course of a year when you fail to clean the gutters out.
After a while, the gutters will buckle under the weight and become detached from the house. This can lead to even more necessary repairs that could have been avoided, had you simply kept the gutters properly maintained to begin with.