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Home Maintenance  /  August 28, 2015

The Importance of Maintaining your Home’s Gutters

Twice yearly maintenance of the gutters on your Boise home is an important preventative measure to prevent any future water damage to your home. The experts at Handyman Connection of Boise are here to share some tips to help you with this important home maintenance task. Better yet, we can handle this task for you!

Clogged Gutters: The Main Reason for Roof Leaks
Your home’s gutters shoulder the task of gathering rainwater and melting snow and direct it away from your home’s foundation. The main reason for roof leaks is clogged gutters. Regular gutter maintenance is a must in avoiding costly home repairs resulting from clogged gutters. It is recommended that all of your home’s gutters be examined and cleaned twice a year. The best times for the task is during late fall and late spring when most of the leaves and debris have fallen. For help with this task, trust the professionals with Handyman Connection of Boise.
We have the experience to get the job done thoroughly and efficiently.

When leaves and debris collect in your gutters, water tends to build up. Accumulating water puts stress on your gutters, which are not designed to hold weight. In fact, a gallon of water weighs nearly eight pounds, so gutters clogged with several gallons can easily lead to sagging that will eventually pull away from your house. Moreover, decaying debris will corrode your gutters and can attract mosquitoes and carpenter ants, further adding to your troubles.

A word about gutter covers
You’ve probably heard ads about gutter covers or screens that keep water, debris and leaves from clogging your gutters. How do you know if these products really work and which name brand should you trust? Gutter caps and screens may successfully reduce the quantity of leaves, twigs and debris that may end up in your gutters, but they cannot keep your gutters 100% clean. Fine debris such as seedlings and tree buds can slip through the small holes of the cover. Dust, pollution, soot and small bugs will end up in your gutters and, over time, produce a buildup of sludge or gutter muck. If you want to make sure your home’s drainage system will give you optimal performance all year long, we highly advise twice-yearly cleanings and inspections of your gutters and downspouts, even if you’ve installed a guard-type product.

Leave it to the Experts
While we completely understand and respect the DIY nature of homeowners who want to do everything they can to maintain their own home, gutter cleaning can be a dangerous task. All it takes is one slip from a ladder, and you could suffer a serious injury. Homeowners have suffered fractured ribs or head and back injuries from falling off ladders, even from as little as eight feet high. Additionally, if your roof is very steep or your home has multiple stories, your chances for an accident increase.

Heavy rain storms and harsh winter weather can wreak havoc on your home if your gutters and downspouts fail. Let our expert craftsmen help you protect your valuable investment by making sure your gutters and downspouts are strongly secured and working properly.

If you need new gutters and downspouts or a thorough inspection of your home’s gutters, contact Handyman Connection of Boise today. Along with our high quality, professional service, our company strives to give you peace of mind so that you can rest assured your property is able to handle whatever mother nature dishes out.

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