Have a home in Bergen County? If so then winter and freezing temperatures are part of your year. It’s essential to get your house ready for the effects of winter weather. With the proper preparation, your home will do just fine. Here’s a maintenance tip about gutters:
Take advantage of the below freezing weather we still have and get your gutters cleaned now if you haven’t done so already. After all, winter is only a few weeks away; snow and ice will be here before you know it.
Most of us don’t realize how much damage clogged gutters can do to a house. Let’s face it, they aren’t the most glamorous part of anyone’s home but they’re one of the most important.
Gutters keep water away from your home which is critical to maintaining the structure. Water is the most damaging element outside of fire for a house. When gutters become clogged with leaves and grit, the water they carry gets inside the house; during the winter it freezes and damage becomes severe.
All sorts of havoc occurs when water gets inside your exterior walls – mold, termites and leaks that get into your foundation, When frozen these clogged systems are the perfect recipe for ice dams which seriously damage your roof and cause leaks inside your home from the ceiling.
Having a leaf guard system doesn’t eliminate the need for cleaning gutters either. While these systems help to keep out leaves, they don’t stop a grit build up which can easily clog things up.
Getting your gutters cleaned is one of the least expensive maintenance items and, if you know how, you can do this yourself. I’m not that adventurous so I always hired someone to do it. If you’re in Bergen County and need a recommendation, just let me know.
Take advantage of our milder temperatures this week, get your gutters cleaned and avoid thousands in repair bills.