TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) When it comes to damage from clogged gutters, home maintenance is far cheaper than home repairs.
It’s that time of the year when the leaves fall and a bit of chaos builds right above you.
“There are all kinds of outside work that needs to be done on a house, on the roof, on the gutters that you really would never think of until there was a problem,” said homeowner Deidra Quick. Quick says she never thought about the importance of gutter cleaning until she married her husband, Evan Quick.
Evan is the Operations Manager at Honest Abe Roofing in Terre Haute. He says lack of gutter maintenance can do more than get leaves pinned.
“Leaves, sticks, all those things that get into your gutters … The dirt and debris over the years will be like mud. It will just be sloppy. It also attracts pests,” Evan said.
If it’s not cleaned in the fall, the weight of dirt and ice can damage your home in the winter, which can be very expensive to repair.
“You could have problems if the gutters actually fall off the house, which is a pretty costly solution if you could just have your gutters serviced all the time,” Evan said.
He says it’s important to clean the gutters at least twice a year. once in autumn and once in spring. Ultimately, if you fail to do this, it could affect your home foundation.