Maintaining Your Florida Home Gutters
When was the last time you had your gutters cleaned out? If you can’t remember, it might be time for you to give Elite Power Washing a call to clean yours. We have put together some information to help you out and see why maintaining your gutters is so important.
Maintaining Your Gutters Will Save Your Foundation
We recommend semi-annual gutter cleaning, but if this doesn’t work for you, then make sure you at least do it annually. If you neglect your gutters, then leaves, dirt, debris, and even debris from your roof shingles will build up. After a while, instead of your gutters directing the water down through drain pipes where it’s supposed to go, it spills over the sides of your home.
That water will start to eat away at the foundation of your home. With the afternoon downpours, we see here in Florida, it won’t take long for your foundation to be compromised. Instead of spending a little money to have your gutters cleaned, you are now looking at thousands to repair a cracked foundation.
Maintaining Your Gutters Will Save Your Landscaping
Another problem we see with clogged gutters is that the water spills over the roof onto the beautiful landscaping around your home. The soil around your plants will quickly drain off, leaving your plants exposed. Most plants also don’t like their roots soggy so this can lead to your plants dying.
The build-up of moisture can also attract pests. We have seen termites that have taken over the clogged gutters as well as certain types of fungus growing in the excess moisture around the home. You can see how neglecting your gutters will quickly destroy your landscaping.
Maintaining Your Gutters Will Save Your Fascia
The fascia boards on your home do more than add to its visual appeal. They protect your home’s siding as well as keep out rain and pests. If you live in a high wind area, then your siding is at higher risk of water damage if your fascia is compromised.
When your gutters are clogged, the first place that water goes is to your fascia boards. Over time, the water will rot your boards. The rotten boards will not only attract pests such as termites but they will no longer protect the siding of your home. Not to mention, rotting boards don’t exactly add to the curb appeal of your home either.
Maintaining Your Gutters Will Make Your Home Look Nicer
After debris builds up in your gutters, it makes them start to sag. Sometimes, the added weight will even cause your gutters to fall down and rip off in places. Over time, as water flows over the sides, you will start to see tiger stripes.
These ugly, vertical stripes you see on the front of your gutters come from the dirt, rotting leaves, and pollution that can build up in your gutters. We can easily pressure wash these off and keeping your gutters clean is an easy way to prevent these in the future. An easy way to keep your home looking nice is to make sure you maintain your gutters.
Call Us to Save You Money
You can see how having a professional clean your gutters out at least once a year can save you thousands. If you neglect your gutters, you will find yourself needing to replace expensive fascia boards and siding as well as the foundation of your home. If you are ready to start saving money, then give Elite Power Washing a call to schedule your gutter cleaning!