As far as household inconveniences go, clogged gutters are among the most annoying. Besides creating swampy situations in the yard where there shouldn’t be any and trenches where water is running off, there can also be costly consequences in the form of damage to the home itself. Drainage issues lead to backups and full-scale blockages that can pose a direct threat to the health of your home.
As for when and how often you should be checking your gutters, a general rule of thumb is to grab a ladder and take a look at least twice a year. Of course, you might want to think about upping the ante a little during the fall – especially if you live in the vicinity of deciduous trees. If you have particularly lush and verdant surroundings, you might need to clean your gutters every couple of months.
It takes little more than a stray tennis ball or sudden dollop of debris to clog what was previously a free-flowing drainage system. Hence no matter where your home is located, periodic checks are a must.
Ask any professional in the business and they’ll tell you the same – prevention is measured in pennies; repairs are measured in big bucks. In the case of home drainage, failing to unclog gutters when necessary can lead to leaks, overflows, and ultimately severe damage to your home. From roof leaks to landscape erosion to fascia and soffit board damage, you could be looking at a bill for thousands of dollars.
Given the few bucks it might cost to keep your gutters in order, it’s a small price to pay for avoiding household disaster!
DIY or Expert Gutter Help?
The million-dollar question – tackle the job yourself or call in the pros?
Realistically, there’s nothing to stop you from having a crack at doing the job yourself, if you have the knowledge, equipment, time and the inclination to do so. If you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for, something important might slip by.
Costs are all relative as, once again, we’re talking important preventative measures to save you money long-term. Prices for pro services will always be determined by the size and complexity of the drainage system and roof, along with the unclogging/repair efforts to be carried out.
If you’re unsure, don’t forget the professionals are always on-hand to do the dirty work for you.