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Even the gutters of a brand new home will eventually become faded and dull from an accumulation of dirt, debris, and exposure to the elements. It can be easy to ignore uncleaned gutters, as the task of cleaning and washing them might seem daunting. However, while dirty gutters can seem like simply a cosmetic problem, the reality is that they can cause many problems if left unaddressed:
One of the biggest problems of uncleaned gutters is debris. Debris, like leaves or twigs, blow across your roof all year long and can become trapped in your gutters. As rain falls, the debris becomes matted and compressed, taking up valuable space in your gutters where water is intended to flow. This blockage makes it impossible for your gutters to do the job they are supposed to, which is to direct rainwater or melting snow away from your home’s foundation. Gutters that are not cleaned and full of debris will instead seep water over the sides, falling down your home’s siding and putting your foundation at risk for water leaks or even flooding.
Another risk of dirty gutters is permanent discoloration. There is a name for those black streaks that appear on your gutters. They are caused by something known as electrostatic bonding. Streaks form on the exterior face of your gutters as contaminants like mold and mildew adhere to and become embedded in the gutters’ aluminum surface. If this electrostatic bonding is left untreated, your gutters can become permanently discolored.
A final problem that you may not have considered is degraded curb appeal. Your gutters are one of the most visible aspects of your home’s exterior, and, unfortunately, you cannot hide dirty gutters. Particularly if you are considering selling your home in the future, keep in mind that uncleaned gutters could really hurt the curb appeal of your home.
The best solution to all of these dirty gutter problems is a professional power washing company like Perfect Power Wash. Our expert team provides a thorough Soft Bristle Brush Gutter Brightening service, designed to clean and make a dramatic impact on your gutters. Call today to schedule your appointment!