Houston Gutter Debris

While gutters serve to direct rain water away from your foundation and reduce damage, they frequently collect debris. This debris lands on the roof during heavy wind or falls from trees above the roof line. Mold and moisture can build up under the leaves and debris causing damage to the roof. Clogged gutters may also become too heavy to be supported by their fasteners and may sag or pull away from the home. Being out of position, the gutters can fail to move rainwater from the home, which can lead to damage. Sagging gutters also lower the curb appeal of a home, a huge concern if you are attempting to sell.

Gutter cleaning should be done a minimum of twice a year: once in spring, after heavy storms and flowering plants have spread their seeds, pods, and buds; and once in late fall, after the leaves have fallen from the trees. Gutter inspection should include seams between individual gutter panels, the joints between gutters and downspouts, the attachments of the guttering to the home, and a basic inspection of the gutter and downspout system.

Dirty gutters may lead to undermined driveways and walkways; damaged fascia, soffit, or outside walls; termite colonies; cracked foundations; leaking roofs; and mosquitoes. In addition, in some HOA regulations, unkempt gutters can incur fines and penalties for the homeowner.