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Gutter Cleaning 101

Thursday, November 30, 2017

You’ve certainly seen or heard of gutter cleaning before but do you know why gutter cleaning is so important for the health of your home? While a necessary evil, cleaning your home’s gutters can be quite dangerous. At DeMark’s, we’ve invested in the proper equipment to handle both single and multi-story homes, not to mention saving you from the potential dangers of a fall, just imagine what you can accomplish with the time you will save by having an expert handle this nasty task for you! Besides time and personal safety reasons here are main reasons why having your gutters cleaned is so vital:

  • Water Damage. Clogged, leaky gutters are the number one cause for basement and foundation water problems. Water running from the roof overflows leaf-filled gutters and pools around the foundation. Any excess water can lead to weakened footings and structure cracks, and even sagging driveways.
  • Wood Rot. When gutters are clogged by leaves and debris, it can cause water to pool on the roof rather than drain properly, which then allows the water to seep into the wood affecting the fascia board, roof sheathing, and framing. During the cold winter months, the thawing and refreezing often build ice dams that ruin your roof. Roof repairs are expensive, and homeowners have paid thousands of dollars to fix a problem that could have been completely avoided by simply having the gutters cleaned.
  • Critters. Ever heard the saying “bugs love water”? Because they do, bugs LOVE water and pooling moisture caused by debris from clogged gutters creates the perfect environment for mosquitoes and other insects to breed. Not to mention warm bodied critters looking for an insect snack. Birds, insects, and small rodents will happily make your clogged gutters their home.

Gutter cleaning is one of the most necessary, difficult, and scary maintenance requirements of homeownership. Wisconsin homes endure extreme weather conditions from torrential rains to freezing, winter thawing, and intense winds. Gutters that are filled with debris will cause long-term, expensive damage to your home. Save yourself THOUSANDS of dollars on repairs and the hassle of spending a day on the roof by calling DeMark’s Building Maintenance Solutions today for a cost-effective, thorough gutter cleaning.

 

 


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