Rain gutters might be low on your priority list, especially in San Diego where winter is getting a “tardy slip”. But storms are on the horizon and if you can’t remember the last time you flushed out your rain gutters, you should think about doing that before any heavy rains cause water damage to your home or business. At Clean Earth Restorations, here in San Diego we see customers with roof or foundation water damage that could easily have been avoided by simple maintenance.
How do stopped-up gutters cause water damage? Things flow from the roof, blow, or are dropped (by birds) into the gutters — things like leaves, twigs, feathers, dust, dirt, moss, and other you’d-be-surprised stuff — building up and blocking rainwater from reaching the downspout, and/or creating a blockage inside of the downspout.
The water builds up in the gutters and damages the roof or fascia, then pours over the gutter and can end up pooling next to the walls, damaging foundations, basements, or crawl spaces.
Ideally you should be checking and cleaning gutters twice a year, every spring and fall. It’s not difficult to clean gutters. You just need some basic equipment and the ability to climb on a ladder. (Obviously if you are not able to climb a ladder, you should hire a professional who can.)
For simple instructions on how best to clean your gutters, watch the well-explained video by Lowe’s below.
If it’s too late and you need help with water damage, click below to set up a free estimate with Clean Earth Restorations, and/or click to take advantage of our current water damage discount.