Why You Need to Keep Your Gutters & Downspouts Clean
Clogged rain gutters and downspouts lead to major problems for homes:
- Insects and Pests: Clogged gutters are breeding areas for a host of insects and pests including mosquito’s, wasps, and birds.
- Gutters that are neglected will carry heavy debris which has accumulated over time, in addition to standing water. That debris and water can weigh as much as 370 pounds, and can damage the angle of the gutter (known as the gutter’s ‘pitch’). If that pitch is lost due to excess weight, standing water can back up into the home or overflow into the home’s foundation, possibly flooding your basement, which is why clearing your gutters is so important.