Cleaning the gutters and downspouts on your property should be one of the most important projects on your list of home maintenance projects, yet it’s too often overlooked. Water overflowing the gutters or from leaks can end up next to your home’s foundation and, as a result, seep into your basement or crawlspace. Properly functioning gutters will direct water away from the structure of your home.
Keep in mind that the weight of water, leaves, twigs and other debris can also loosen gutters and cause them to pull away from their attachments.
If you live in an area where it freezes during the winter (like here in Rhode Island), your clogged gutters can cause ice dams. An ice dam is when water flows over the edges of a clogged gutter and then freezes, forcing water into your home. Ice dams can become so heavy they can rip the gutter right off your home, resulting in costly repair bills.
We recommend having your gutters and downspouts professionally cleaned at least twice a year. If the roof is located directly below trees more frequent cleanings may be required. Hiring a professional service like ours is especially recommended for homes that are two stories or higher.
Call Newport Gutter Service today for a free estimate: (401) 338-6104