What’s in your gutters? Do you really know? Are they in need of a clean? Is there any damage that needs to be taken care of?
Just about every house has gutters. While we don’t really acknowledge them, they hang from your roof, just below the eaves, protecting your home, gardens and foundation from water damage when it rains. You probably don’t think about them very often until it comes time to clean them. If you don’t have a gutter guard system installed, cleaning your gutters will need to be done two to four times a year- and it’s not a fun task.
What’s in your Gutters?
If your gutters are properly installed and are clean, water runs down the slope of the gutter into the downpipe and into drains or the garden below. After rain, the water runs out and the moisture remaining on the surface dries out. To ensure your guttering system is working properly and you don’t have to clean it as regularly, install Gutter Guards! Then you’ll always know the answer to ‘What’s in your Gutters?’
Gutter guards ensure the answer to the question ‘What’s in your Gutters?’ will always be, water! No leaves, debris, bug and dirt. Gutter guards, gutter covers, gutter screens, or gutter filters prevent leaves, pine needles, twigs, tree flowers, seeds, seed pods, and other debris from getting into the gutters, causing a huge mess and creating a big job to clean up.
If you have no gutter protection system you can create quite a bit of damage to your gutters as debris can clog them or weigh them down causing them to break.
If you have debris in the gutter, it can form a little dam inside the rain gutter. After the rainstorm is over this little dam allows a small pool of water to remain standing in the gutter. A pool of still water, whether small or large, is exactly what mosquitoes are looking for. So What’s in your Gutters? Disease ridden pests!
Mosquitoes are a nuisance, but they are also dangerous. Female mosquitoes use the nutrients in your blood to produce eggs which they lay on the surfact of standing water (in your gutters)! Each one will lay several hundred eggs. The eggs hatch in 24 to 48 hours into mosquito “wigglers.” They swim around for 7 to 10 days, turn into pupae, which then hatch into new mosquitoes. Many mosquito’s carry awful diseases that can make your family incredibly sick so you don’t want them re-producing in your home!
Another group of flying pests who might decide your rain gutter is just the home they have been looking for are the various kinds of bees and wasps. If you don’t know they are there you’ll get a nasty surprise when you go to clean out the debris in the gutter. They think you are trying to invade their home (which you are) and attack, stinging you. It’s not easy to gwt away when you are at the top of a ladder.
As well as producing a home for insects, a clogged gutter is also the perfect place for producing fungus, mold, mildew, or moss. The long-term presence of moisture and basic life forms like lichen (a kind of fungus) causes granite rock to gradually break down. Imagine what a permanent layer of moisture and growing stuff can do to your paint, siding, and foundation.
Clean out the rain gutters and install an effective rain gutter protection system on your house. If you need help choosing one contact us. Once you have an effective guttering system on your home, you will always know the answer to ‘What’s in your Gutters?’
Written by Heidi Cridland