Once upon a time there was a very industrious lady who enjoyed working on her home. She learned how to drywall, paint, and even replaced a tub surround. One day, she decided her gutters needed to be cleaned. Standing above her garage was a 75’ tall Hemlock tree that shed needles and cones relentlessly. Her poor gutters were overflowing with debris. How difficulty could it be?
Using a ladder, this lady climbed onto her garage roof with the aid of her adult son. Discovering how slippery a roof covered in needles can be, and ignoring her fear of heights, she made her way over to the side of the garage with the gutters. What she found there was a rain gutter packed from end to end with dirt, needles, and cones. Reaching in to grab some of the debris, she discovered how sharp dry hemlock needles can be. Taking a screw driver, she thought she would easily be able to dislodge the debris. It is amazing how rock hard a little dirt and debris can become. Needless to say, the screw driver didn’t do much good. After getting cut on thousands of little spikes, she surrendered the job to her son. Several hours later, the gutters were clean with a big mess to be cleaned up on the ground.
I hope you were able to guess that I was that lady. Gutter cleaning was the one thing that stopped me in my home improvement efforts. I wish I had known about America’s Best at that time. It would have made our lives a lot easier and a lot less painful.
So why rain gutters? Other than diverting the rain over the front door so that we can come in and out without being drenched, why would we submit ourselves to having something on our home that is so difficult to clean? I mean, a little water never hurt anyone, right? As I began to look into the reasons for gutters, I discovered that water can cause A LOT of damage to your property. I knew that water inside the home is a big no-no, but I had no idea that water falling off our roofs could cause damage to the home.
Although there are several different types of rain gutters, they all are used to divert rain water away from your structure. With the use of downspouts, gutters feed the water down to ground level and away from the building. Without this diversion, water can cause serious damage to a structure’s exterior walls, window frames, foundation and footing. Damage to the foundation and footing can weaken the structural integrity of your building. Water may also leak into the interior of the basement or crawl space causing further damage.
Ok, so now that we know gutters are important, we’re faced with the dilemma of cleaning them. If we don’t face this issue, we will end up with clogged gutters which can cause other problems such as stagnant mosquito-breeding water, ice dams during winter, and even dry rot in the wood roof deck, fascia boards, and supporting rafters. If the damage goes so far as to allow water into the interior of the home, you could be facing anything from damaged drywall and flooring to mold abatement. Weeds and saplings are commonly found growing in clogged gutters. The sooner we get those out, the better.
Experts suggest that you have your gutters cleaned twice a year as a norm. This can be adjusted depending on your climate. If you live in the high or low deserts, having them cleaned once a year may be enough. Those who live near trees, or in places subject to sand storms, should have their gutters cleaned several times a year to prevent blockage. America’s Best offers high quality gutter guards that help prevent large debris from getting in your gutters. Even with these in place, you will still need to have your gutters maintained periodically.
The good news: America’s Best has been cleaning gutters for over 30 years and is available in many states. When our crew arrives, they will scoop out the debris and flush the gutters and downspouts to ensure water is free flowing. We also carry a $2,000,000 worker’s comp and liability insurance policy in the event there are any accidents.
So, there is a happy ending to my tale. Now that I know America’s Best cleans gutters, I can schedule a crew to come out and battle the hemlock needles while my son and I relax inside the house with sweet tea. It is truly a “sweet” solution. Give America’s Best a call today for more information regarding gutter services they offer or to schedule an appointment.
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