If you are wondering what the big deal is about keeping your gutters clear of debris this spring, we found a helpful list of 10 costly problems that can result from letting your gutters go unchecked too long.

According to Chelsea Welch, National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, taking the time to clean your gutters this spring can help prevent these problems and more:

Problem #1: Rotting fascia boards–Clogged water sitting inside your gutters can seep into the fascia boards that keep your gutters in place and protect the edges of your roof. Over time this can cause the fascia boards to rot making it necessary to replace the fascia boards and gutters.

Problem #2:  Broken fascia boards and soffitsThe weight of clogged gutters adds unnecessary stress to your home’s soffits and fascia boards since they are attached to your gutters. Extended periods of too much weight can cause these to break off completely.

Problem #3: Algae or moss growthThe presence of leaves, twigs and other plant debris in your gutters can lead to moss or algae growth, which can ruin your roofing shingles and fascia boards.

Problem #4: Insect or pest infestationsSitting water in your gutters attracts nagging rodents, mosquitoes and other critters that may ultimately decide to venture inside your home.

Problems #5: Landscaping destructionClogged gutters don’t do their job and flow water away from your home and landscaping properly. Instead the water flows over the edges of your gutters and ruins your landscaping efforts.

To learn about the other five problems that can result when you fail to take the time to clean your gutters, check out the full article here.

If you are already noticing issues with the gutters on your Chicagoland home because it’s been a while since you cleaned them, the home improvement experts at Baltic Home Improvements can help you assess the situation and make an informed decision about whether it is time to replace your gutters.

Contact us today for a free estimate and learn why so many homeowners in the southwestern Chicago suburbs refer us to their friends and neighbors for exterior home improvement jobs.

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