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Why It’s Important to Maintain Your Gutters & Downspouts in the Fall

By October 19, 2015 DIY, Roofing, Seasonal No Comments
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You can’t wait to clean your gutters when you notice a problem, but by then it’s too late.

Unfortunately, that’s exactly what too many otherwise smart and savvy homeowners out there end up doing. They then end up spending a lot more on home repairs than they anticipated. If all you do this year is clean out your gutters and your downspouts before the fall, you will usually be able to save yourself a tremendous amount of headache and hassle (at the very least). You’ll also save yourself a good chunk of change in repair expenses, as well.

Here are just a couple of reasons that you will want to maintain your gutters and your downspouts before the chilly and snowy winter season comes to Ottawa.

It’s called “fall” for a reason!

Sure, you’ll always come across people that refer to this season as autumn, but all over the country people call this season fall. It’s easy to see why when you begin to notice all of the leaves that come tumbling down as the weather cools.

Well, when those leaves come drifting down, the odds are pretty good that they are going to fall right down your roof and start to collect in your gutters. This isn’t going to be a huge problem at first, but if they are allowed to stick around for any real amount of time, they are going to begin to decompose. That’s when your entire gutter system runs the risk of getting clogged.

Clogged gutters and downspouts will cause water backups, and water backups have a nasty little habit of worming their way into your home one way or another. And we all know just how dangerous water damage can be. Even if it starts off pretty small, it can quickly spiral out of control if not addressed.

Clogged gutters will ruin your natural drainage system

Gutters serve more purposes than simply making sure that water is kept entirely out of your home.

Gutter and downspout systems are also designed to work with the way that your home is situated on the land. They allow you to effortlessly drain excess rainwater away from your home so that your basement doesn’t end up turning into a swimming pool you never intended to have in the first place.

Downspouts that get rerouted because of clogged gutters are going to cause a nightmare situation almost immediately (and certainly in the spring when the snow begins to melt). Unless you are excited to run a sump pump all year round you’re going to want to make sure that you take the time to clean things out properly.

In addition to cleaning out your gutters, schedule a visit from the Ottawa roofing experts at Lucas Contracting to make sure your gutters and downspouts are in proper working order.

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