Tip of The Day: Clean out your gutters

Water damage has the ability to seriously ruin your home. In fact, water infiltration is one of the biggest contributors to a home’s diminished integrity. It can compromise the structure of your home, affecting things like your foundation and of course your roof. But infiltrations can sometimes go undetected causing mold and rot. Needless to say, your home’s exterior should be made impervious, to resist the elements and avoid all these problems.

The fall season is all about getting your house ready for the long Canadian winter. If your roof needs to be completely redone or if there are repairs that need to be done, best carry them out before the first snowfall. What’s key is that homeowners understand, that simple maintenance could actually save you a lot of money in the long run. Cleaning out your gutters is a perfect example of how a small thing can go a long way.

If water does not flow freely through the gutters, it can back up under the shingles and cause serious damage to the roof structure. The water could also flow right over the gutters if they are full of leaves and debris. The resulting waterfall will erode the surrounding areas of your house, like your landscaping for example. It may also eventually lead to problems with your foundation and further water infiltration. Not clearing your gutters of debris before it freezes can also lead to ice damming. Ice damming is when a ridge of ice forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off the roof. This is a problem when water accumulates underneath the shingles.

So while we’d like to ignore the fact that winter is coming, it’s not such a good idea for your house. Calling a professional to clean your gutters may not seem like a necessary expense, but it is…especially if you want to preserve your roof.

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