The Maryland/DC metro area is lucky to have generous tree coverage, but that means every spring and fall, gutters have usually been filled up with leaves and other debris. Clogged gutters aren’t just an eyesore; if water is overflowing at any place along the gutters, that moisture landing on the ground next to house can actually seep into and damage the home’s foundation. Poorly draining rainwater can also flow behind the gutters and damage exterior walls or even begin rotting adjacent parts of the roof. A heavily clogged gutter—laden with molding leaves, pine needles, and small twigs and branches—can sag and pull away from the home, exacerbating the water problem. And where there’s standing water, there are mosquitoes, which area homeowners definitely don’t want to have flourishing in their yards. The horizontal gutters aren’t the only places to inspect for cleanliness. Downspouts can also become clogged, usually because the spout’s diameter isn’t wide enough to let rainwater and small debris flow properly. In fact, older gutters in general are usually narrower than modern options, and narrower gutters can clog more easily.
Luckily, Maryland and DC homeowners don’t have to spend their free time climbing around their homes, cleaning their gutters, nor do they have to worry about hiring a gutter cleaner who won’t do an excellent job for them. EBSCO Research, after talking with hundreds of area residents, has determined the best companies in multiple fields of home improvement and repair, including gutter cleaners. Calling an EBSCO Research-certified Best Pick™ company for gutter cleaning will ensure that a home’s gutters are directing the rainwater and its potential for damage to where they should be—away from the home.