Having your rain gutters and downspouts cleaned regularly is an important part to extending the life of your investment. The purpose of an effective rain gutter goes far beyond keeping excessive amounts of rain and water from falling on our head and drenching us during a storm. Staying dry is a great benefit of having well maintained gutters, but the purpose and benefit go far beyond our personal needs.
Current Results Nexus (http://www.currentresults.com/Weather/Montana/average-yearly-precipitation.php) states the Bozeman area receives on average 54 days of snowfall creating an average of 91” of snow yearly and including the number of days we have snowfall, we have 130 days of precipitation resulting in 19.7 inches in moisture. These numbers are among some of the highest in Montana. Diverting the moisture from your home or office building is imperative to the longevity of your edifice.
Excessive amounts of water not being diverted away from your asset can cause permanent damage on areas such as your foundation, the soil and landscaping, even your inner walls, ceiling and roof. Properly designed gutters serve to collect waters from your roof and divert the water safely away from the structure. Preserving your roof, walls, foundation and preventing premature erosion.
Throughout the year, sediment and debris can collect in your gutters and downspouts. Leaves, sticks and other items accumulate from your roof and surrounding vegetation to create obstructions which prevent water from flowing properly through the system. Water which backs up and stands in the gutters causes many problems.
One issue with a lack of water flow is the additional weight of the debris and water. Depending on the quality of your gutter system and state of your fascia and structure, your gutters could pull away from the building and need extensive repairs.
Our Montana winters can seem to last forever creating freezing temperatures. During the fall and spring, we often experience very warm days which melt snow from our roofs, combined with rain and then freezing temperatures. Clogged gutters can create many problems in with these scenarios. Again the additional weight of the ice is detrimental to the system, but then the freezing water will flow over the edges of the gutters onto your building and down the walls. Depending upon the location of your backup or ice damn, it could cause real safety concerns for commercial companies and home owners. The overflow can accumulate on walking surfaces to create hazardous conditions. If you are experiencing any leaks or overflow in areas not designed to divert water, call us to help you. Removing rubbish and ice from a roof line is very dangerous and should be left to a professional.
Much of our landscape is filled with beautiful trees which deposit their leaves and seeds onto our roofs and property. Not only does the extra debris cause backups and potentially hazardous conditions for our buildings and self, but the additional debris can create great environments for vermin and pests to call home. Squirrels, mice and birds, among other creatures, can find refuge in gutters and again create too much weight for your gutter system and bring unwelcome bugs and pests too close to your home.
At a minimum resident and industrial building owners should have their gutters maintained yearly. The preventative maintenance will ensure you are protecting your investment from serious water damage; potential negligence claims for unsafe walking surfaces and will keep unwelcome guests from claiming your gutter system as home.
While these are all valid reasons to maintenance your gutters once or more a year, do not discount the benefit of having a clean roof and properly diverted water. Your guests will feel welcomed, safe and relieved when they recognize they are not exposed to buckets of water drenching them while they enter your home or office.