A report posted on the whas11.com website last November 4, 2013 talks about the importance of cleaning gutters, particularly during the fall season. Gutters are responsible for channeling water away from the roof and out of the property, but dead leaves can clog up these drainage systems and complicate matters. Ignoring clogged gutters can be hazardous and could lead to potential water damage, as the report aptly puts it:
"Your gutters are really your first line of defense against water problems in your home," says Angie Hicks from Angie’s List. In some cases this is an invisible problem until the big rain storm hits, which is often too late to discover your gutters are clogged.
Jeremy Mitchell's home and landscape sustained water damage as a result of overflowing gutters. “The water was just coming in and was just pouring over the side. And so what we set out to do was fix the problem more or less. How do we control the water and divert it away from the house," explains Mitchell.
Homeowners have the option of cleaning their gutters manually in order to avoid an overflow, yet such a task can be very tedious and dangerous to accomplish. Worse, it won't permanently solve the problem of leaves falling into the gutter and constantly choking the drainage. An alternative way around this problem would be to use covered Maine gutters, as furnished by contractors like Home Experts of Maine.
Covering gutters is a simple but effective way to reduce (if not eliminate) the amount of debris that ends up inside the trough. There are several options to go about adding a guard over gutters, such as using a solid cover or attaching a mesh screen. Since these special gutters all seem to do the same thing, it would be wise for homeowners to consult an expert to choose one best suited for their houses.
Certain regions will contend not just with leaves, but also much smaller types of debris such as seeds and petals. Folks who contend with them will need a very effective cover to go with their gutter in order to prevent them from falling in. Fortunately, there's no shortage of high-quality protected gutters in Portland, Maine that are capable of keeping foreign material out of gutters while allowing water to drain from the roofing.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Consumer Watch: Leaf gutter removal, whas11.com, November 4, 2013)