Why Homeowners Should Have Their Gutters Inspected by a Gutter Professional Regularly
Getting your gutters inspected regularly is more important than you might think. If left unattended for a significant period of time, a damaged or poor-performing gutter system can cause serious damage around your home.
Why Professionals Are Better-Suited to Inspect Your Gutters
A skilled gutter-cleaning and inspection expert not only cleans your gutters, but also thoroughly inspects the downspouts, fascia boards, and other related components to look for any signs of current or possible future problems. Additionally, any time you go up on a ladder or up on the roof, you enter into a dangerous activity that simply isn’t worth the risk of injury or possibly even death.
In addition to removing all leaves, twigs, sticks, debris, insects, and even small animals that die and wind up lodged in your gutters, the professional inspects all components for a wide range of issues, including:
- Missing or loose screws
- Blocked downspouts
- Misplaced fascia boards
Any of the above can cause an improper flow of water, resulting in water flowing over the sides of the gutter rather than through the downspouts and away from the house. If this were to continue for an extended period of time, it could cause damage to items below. Some issues that could occur include:
- Wood items could start to suffer from dry rot.
- Flower beds could be destroyed.
- Driveways could crack.
- The ground around the foundation of the home could erode.
- The foundation could suffer cracks.
- Damp-loving insects could breed around your home.
Why Hire a Gutter Professional
A gutter professional can help identify any serious problems that may not be visible to homeowners who are not as experienced with gutter problems. They can also help create a draining solution or suggest one you can create yourself.
Hiring a gutter professional also saves you money and gives you peace mind for your safety, as well other benefits:
- They have the knowledge and experience required to do the job
- They have all the tools necessary, so you don’t have to purchase them yourself
- They might find more damage once they being the inspection than you would’ve been able to see
- If any mistakes are made, they know how to fix them
It’s also a lot safer to hire a professional because cleaning gutters requires getting on a ladder and on the roof, which can be very dangerous situations. In a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, falls from ladders caused 113 deaths and almost 15,500 nonfatal injuries. So it’s definitely better to be safer rather than sorry when going to inspect your gutters.
Most importantly, a professional will do a more thorough job of assessing and servicing your home’s gutters because they are more knowledgeable on the design of your gutter system and how to troubleshoot any gutter problems you may have.
You should now realize how important it is to schedule a regular gutter cleaning and inspection, and always remember — safety first. Hire a professional, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing the job is done efficiently and thoroughly. If you need a gutter inspection, American Hill Country Gutters can help. Contact us today to get a free estimate.