Gutter Cleaning When The Leaves Fall: Why It Matters

With the Autumnal Equinox just around the corner, the fall season is nearly upon us. After a long and hot summer, we’re sure that most of us here in Northern Colorado are ready for cooler, more comfortable temperatures, beautiful tree colors, and of course, pumpkin-spiced everything.

Now, you’ve probably heard that you need to make sure that your home’s gutters are clear of leaves and other debris as we eventually move closer to winter’s snowfall. The fall of the leaves can be quite beautiful, but equally as troublesome for your home’s gutter system should you choose to ignore it.

Lion Home Service is Northern Colorado’s premier home maintenance service. From electrical to HVAC, septic system cleaning, attic insulation, roofing, and more, we’re proud to help homeowners get the most out of their residency by keeping it in tip-top shape. Below, we’ll touch on the importance of maintaining your gutters, so keep on reading to learn more.

Why Your Gutters Need To Be Clear Of Leaves And Other Debris

Your Roof’s Fascia Needs A Break

When your gutters are filled with leaves, small rocks, animal droppings, or any other type of debris, they’ll weigh down the gutters and the supporting fascia of your roof (between the shingles and gutters). Rain will make the leaves and debris heavier, only adding more weight to the fascia and gutter system.

If left unattended all season, these supporting elements of your roof could collapse, resulting in significant damage and leaving your home with no way to drain rainwater away from it.

You’ll Want To Protect Your Home’s Foundation

Your home was built upon a solid concrete foundation — one of the first elements of construction that was laid out for a structurally sound, weatherproof home. Naturally, you’ll want to protect this essential aspect of your home at all costs, among other parts of your home.

An easy and effective way to do this is to keep your gutters clear of any and all debris (or as much as possible) so that when it rains, your gutters can effectively divert water away from your home and its core foundation. Foundation fixes and replacements often average over $10,000, so take the time to keep those gutters clean and clear!

Your Gutters Need To Direct Rainwater Down And Away From Your Home

Obviously and most generally speaking, your gutters surround your roof and make their way down the side of your home into a drainage area for one main reason: to effectively divert rainwater away from your home’s physical structure!

We touched on how gutter drainage will keep pooled-up water and debris from weighing down and causing stress on your roof’s fascia as well as keeping water from seeping into the siding and foundation. But in general, making sure that excess water is effectively diverted away from your home is a good idea. Don’t you want a worry-free living situation when it storms?

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