Many people do not realize just how essential gutters and leaders are for protecting our homes from water damage and possible leaks. However, these minor home accessories can go a long way towards preventing water from penetrating your home or damaging the foundation. In fact, a home with a 1,500 square foot roof sheds nearly 1,000 gallons of water for every inch of rain that falls. Your home’s gutters are the only thing channeling all this water away from your home!
Therefore, it is very important that we keep our gutters clear from debris, build up and damage throughout the year so that they can do their job and protect our homes from water. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year―typically in the spring and the fall seasons―and also after large storms that may have caused a lot of leaves or branches to fall around your home.
Why We Need To Clean Our Gutters
Whenever we experience a lot of heavy rain, ice or snow, this can cause our gutters to become clogged. If they are not unclogged right away, it can cause the following damage:
- Mold and mildew inside of our walls
- Leaks in our roof
- Interior water damage
- Basement leaks
- Ice dams and resultant damage
- Rotting soffit or fascia
All of this damage can be caused by a number of different elements that get into our gutters. For instance, leaves, sticks and debris can easily cause stubborn, caked buildups for forming in gutters or leaders. While some of this may be removed by passing rain flowing through, if the blockage gets too big, it may pack debris tight into the downspouts, causing dirty water to splash all over your home.
Dallas gutters that are not cleaned on a regular basis often have weather-related damage that may keep them performing well. During gutter cleaning, Scapes Incorporated in Dallas often looks for signs of holes, corrosion, missing hangers, leaking or loose joints, or any number of other problems that may interfere with water flow.
Why Shouldn’t You Clean Gutters Out Yourself?
Many people do not realize it, but cleaning out your gutters is a very dangerous activity and that is why it is recommended that you hire a professional landscaping service. Whenever you are working from your roof, it can be very risky. However, because working above a gutter puts it underneath your body, you are forced to reach below your center of gravity and this can cause people to lose balance or get dizzy.
Many injuries have occurred because people attempted to clean their gutters out from above, or even while on a latter that was unlevel. Therefore, you should call Scapes Incorporated to be sure that your gutters get a thorough cleaning and that you do not do any damage to yourself or your home. Our professional cleaners and Dallas landscaping experts have the necessary training and experience to stay safe and get the job done correctly.
If your Dallas gutters are in need of a good cleaning or you are experience any signs of water blockage or gutter damage, contact Scapes Incorporated today at 972-407-5000.