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What’s Hiding in Your Gutters?

Posted by Joey Haack on Jun 15, 2018 7:59:00 AM

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As the rainy season approaches, it's important to have fully functioning gutters. In order for your gutter system to work properly, it must be free from any obstructions, and you might be surprised what that might include. Step aside, “The Price Is Right!” It’s time to play “What’s Hiding in Your Gutters?”

 

Mosquitos

Clogged gutters lead to standing water, and standing water leads to mosquitoes. These pesky little guys will make their home in the shallow gutter water. If you’re not careful, you’ll have a serious infestation on your hands. Remove the water, and you’ll remove the mosquitoes.

 

Roofing Material

Shingled roofs lose their granules over time, and if your roof is approaching the end of its life, you may notice quite an abundance of these in your gutters. They’ll build up quickly, so make sure to remove them as soon as possible (and get your roof checked out!).

 

Leaves

If you didn’t have a chance to clean out your gutters before winter, then it’s likely that you’ll find a leaf or two (hundred) hanging out. It’s important to remove these as soon as possible because as they begin to decompose, they’ll become a source of further blockage (and let’s be honest: soggy leaves are gross).

 

Needles

If you have conifers near your home, then it’s likely that you have needles in your gutters. This debris is difficult to remove because it tends to stick to the walls and filter of your gutters.

 

Moss

If there is standing water left in your gutter system, then you may be a proud new owner of a moss farm. Moss thrives in standing water, so if you have neglected your gutters, there may be an abundance of it in your system. Large chunks of moss will break apart from the walls of your gutters and exacerbate a clog, so be sure to thoroughly remove it.

 

Algae

As temperature and sunlight exposure increase, your clogged gutters become a petri dish for algae. The algae will collect around other debris and clog your gutters.

 

Seedlings

We love the idea of a rooftop garden, but only if it’s intentional! Over time, seedlings can actually begin to grow in the trough of your gutters. You’ll want to remove these before they cause a serious problem.

 

Pollen

Trees are blossoming, flowers are blooming, and pollen is drifting through the air. While this powdery substance may not seem like much, it adds up over time. Pollen, along with dust, dirt, and other tiny particles in the air, settle to the bottom of your gutters and slow down the flow of water through your system.

 

Sticks

If you’ve experienced a recent storm or heavy winds, then it’s likely that a twig or two has broken off and fallen into your gutter. These relatively large obstructions can cause serious trouble for your gutter system and need to be removed as soon as possible.

 

Are you in need of professional gutter services or installation? Contact Pacific and leave the rest to us! The professionals at Pacific will clean, repair, or replace your gutter system to ensure that you’re ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you next. The best part of all is you won’t have to stick your hand into the slimy mystery that’s currently residing in your gutters.

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Topics: gutters