Summer is wrapping up, and fall is on its way. And with a new season comes a new set of chores. The chore that no one is looking forward to? Cleaning the gutters. We know it’s not fun, but it is an essential part of owning a home in New England because you don’t want to have to climb a ladder and clean your gutter more often than you need to. With that in mind, the customers of M&J Seamless Gutters have a very important question. Should gutter cleaning in NH happen before or after the leaves come down?
The short answer is after. But there is a lot more than goes into the fall round of gutter cleaning in NH.
Winter is almost here.
After fall comes winter, and with winter comes ice and snow. If your gutters are clogged with leaves, you are setting yourself up for ice dams. When the gutters can’t drain because of leaves and other debris in the way, water pools. And when it gets cold enough, what does water do? Freeze. Water expands as it freezes, which can crack your gutters and cause leaks or even roof damage.
Leaves don’t just clog up your downspouts, they also decompose. And composting leaves are the ideal conditions for plants to grow. While you probably don’t have a problem with plants growing on the ground, you don’t want them springing up in your gutters. The roots can crack the gutters and ruin the system. The dirt and compost also make its way down the downspouts and cause more clogs.
Splashing ruins your siding.
When rainwater can’t flow and drain down your gutters properly, it has to go somewhere. If heavy rain hits leaves in your gutters, it splashes and gets on your siding and roof. That can lease to water damage and mold growth. If excess moisture builds up and causes your siding to rot, that will require serious repairs in the future.
Gutter Cleaning in NH by M&J Seamless Gutters
When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? If it’s been since last fall, you should call M&J Seamless Gutters for gutter cleaning in NH. Our professional team will not only clean your gutters, but they will also check for leaks and damage that need to be repaired before the winter.