Gutters essentially manage the flow of rainwater away from your home during a downpour or storm. If they’re blocked, the water can pool in the wrong place and even flow back into your house and damage your home. That’s why ensuring your gutters are free from leaves, sticks and other debris is an essential part of your regular maintenance.
Remember: Gutters fill with leaves and other debris over the winter and if you haven’t cleaned them out by the time those big spring and summer storms hit, the uncontrolled water flow can have a devastating effect on your home. The water comes down into your gutter, but if it’s filled with leaves, the water doesn’t just flow off over the top, instead, it flows back to the house and into your eaves and can eventually get into your wall cavities and cause widespread damage.
Roof damage and water damage can have a devastating effect on your home. Clearing and cleaning gutters before the onset of extreme summer weather is also a good idea.
Getting the right help
It’s always wise to call in the experts with risky home maintenance jobs like gutter cleaning, especially if you’ll need to climb a ladder.
Professional like us will usually be experienced at working at heights, climbing ladders, and use harnesses. In many cases, we carry powerful leaf blowers and other specialized tools to make the job efficient and safer.
How does your home insurance protect you?
Blocked gutters can cause damage to your home so it's important to understand how your insurance coverage can protect you. Damage to your home caused by blocked gutters may not be covered by your insurance, which is why it's important to clean your gutters regularly. That’s because home insurance covers you for damage that results from unexpected events that are outside your control. Home insurance does not aim to cover you for damage that could have been avoided through maintenance.
That’s why staying on top of regular home maintenance is absolutely crucial to protect your home. Clean your gutters and check your downpipes at set times during the year, but especially before storm season sets in. Also, consider getting an expert in to do a roof check and look for any loose tiles
Keep in mind that you may want to check your roof following a hailstorm too if you’re unlucky enough to experience one, as storms can also cause roof problems and maintenance may be necessary. Contact us today at APD Roofing and we’ll help you with your Gutter maintenance and needed repairs.
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APD Roofing Houston