Gutters are designed to direct rain water away from the home and foundation to reduce damage and erosion; therefore, clogged gutters can lead to additional, costly repairs to a home and its foundation. Buildup consisting of twigs, pine needles, leaves, and other fallen debris makes perfect homes for birds, squirrels, and rodents. Clogged gutters cut off the flow of water, which also allows mosquitoes to thrive in the standing water. Eventually, dirty gutters may cause fascia and soffit damage, termite infestation, and foundation damage.
Gutters require a thorough cleaning and clearing of debris twice a year: once in spring after heavy rain showers and flowering plants spread their seeds; and once in fall, after the leaves have fallen from trees. Since there are many dangerous factors involved with gutter cleaning, Dallas homeowners should contact a professional to ensure the work is safely carried out. Because the disposal of debris can be as extensive as the gutter cleaning work itself, homeowners need to remember that the cost of cleanup may or may not be included in a company’s price quote.