These Living Things Could be Growing in Your Dirty Gutters
November 07, 2016 at 10:30 AM
If it’s been a while since you’ve had them professionally cleaned, your gutters could be dirtier than you realize! At H&S Roofing and Gutter Co., we recommend you clean your gutters twice a year: in the spring and in the fall. If you don’t have a professional clean your gutters at least once a year, though, you could be inviting all kinds of living things to (literally) take root.
Here’s what could be living inside your dirty gutters.
The nutrient-rich debris that builds up at the bottom of your gutters is ground-zero for plant life. If left for too long, rotting leaves, sticks, and mud can actually turn into soil! Stray seeds will take root and literally grow into weeds, flowers, and plants. As they grow, their root systems will pull apart your gutters and cause even more water blockage over time.
Yes, rodents! Here in the south, squirrels, chipmunks, and even larger animals like possums can actually begin to nest in your gutters if they’re unkempt. Particularly at corners of your roof and where your gutters meet the eaves of your house, there’s plenty of room for animals to make a home. The more debris buildup you allow in your gutters, the easier it is for small animals to hide.
It doesn’t happen often, but it’s possible for snakes to call your gutters home! If you’ve got other animals (think: lizards or birds) already nesting in your gutter system, snakes can seek them out as sources of food. A Leaf Guard gutter system can help keep out large creepy-crawlies like snakes.
Bees and Bugs
Beehives and dirt dobber nests are commonplace around Charlotte, but your gutters create a perfect dark, damp place for all manner of pests to take root. Gutters and roofs are one of the most common points of entry for household pests – from ants to termites – but they don’t have to be. Regular cleaning can keep your gutters and interior clear of bugs.
It’s time to clean your gutters! H&S Roofing and Gutter Company is your professional gutter cleaner in Charlotte. We maintain, install, and replace gutter systems all over the Charlotte area at competitive rates. Give our team a call today to find out why we’re the right choice for your roofing and gutter needs!