What is Common Gutter Debris and How Do I Get Rid of it?

Gutters are going to get clogged. That’s just the way it is. From leaves to dirt and tree seeds, your gutters are constantly collecting debris throughout the year. Unfortunately, debris will not only inconvenience you with clogged gutters but also by restricting the flow of water. However, there are certain common types of debris that you should be aware of so that you know the best way to get rid of it.

Remove the Animal Nests

One big problem with clogged gutters is birds and squirrels. While it is nice to see birds and squirrels in the neighborhood, once they have access to your gutters, it may be a matter of time before they build a nest inside or near them. A nest can become a major problem by damming your whole gutter system. If your gutter system is dammed, this could cause rainwater to overflow whenever it rains and also cause damage to your lawn.

Avoiding the nest that has been made in your gutter system could also attract other pests and problems. However, it is best to have animal control come out and remove the nest and the babies along with the parent of the babies. Once the nest and the animals have been removed, you should make sure your gutters do not need to be repaired by hiring a gutter repair specialist. Depending on the weight of the nest, there could be damage to your gutters or they may pull away from your home. If there is no damage to your gutters or the structure of your home, it is safe to hire a professional to clean your gutters if you are not skilled at cleaning them yourself.

Insect Infestations Will Clog Up Your Gutters

Are there more bees or mosquitos hanging around your gutters? Your gutters can quickly become a water resource for insects, making it possible for an infestation to take place. These various insects can also die inside of your gutters leading to one big disgusting clog. It is best to make sure your gutters are cleaned out and they do not have sitting water because of a clog. If you are not experienced with climbing a ladder or cleaning out your gutters, it is best to hire a professional

The Shingle Debris

Over time age and decay will begin taking over your roof. Unfortunately, the various debris from your roof may begin to fall off or roll down the roof into your gutters. With the various debris being anything from nails to parts of a shingle, your gutters are at risk of being clogged. However, to avoid damage being done to your gutters by the debris, cleaning and removing the debris from your gutters is important. You should also look into having your roof repaired if your shingles have begun falling off of your roof.

Leaves and Tree Debris

The most common gutter clogs are leaves and sticks, which can also lead to pine needles, sap, and acorns being trapped in your gutters. This debris can cause an extreme amount of damage to them if they are not cleaned out thoroughly. Taking the time to clean out your gutters will help with keeping leaves and tree debris from clogging them up and restricting water flow. 

Don’t let your gutters continue to be a clogged mess. Debris in them can become a bigger problem than expected if they are not cleaned regularly the right way.

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