As a homeowner on Long Island, you’ve got a checklist of chores to prepare your home for the winter storms that inevitably head this way. Trim back tree limbs, check the roof for leaks, clean the gutters, tune up the furnace, check the sprinkler system, the list goes on. All these are important for weathering the ice and snow, but Long Island gutter cleaning should be at the top of the to-do list.
Gutters are the workhorse for the water abatement of your home. They are the conduit between your roof and the ground that are responsible for keeping the house dry in between, and neglecting them is inviting a leaky roof. If you think that you do not have an issue because you are so timely with your tree pruning, think again.
Unless you do not live near trees and the squirrels find your roof unappealing, your gutters are at as great a risk of clogging. In fact, it is not uncommon to find saplings thriving in gutters that have not been cleaned in a couple of years.
Water is heavy. After a storm, if the melted ice and snow cannot flow through the gutters, it pools on the roof and soaks the roof shingles, which in turn allows moisture to seep down to the rafters, and then into your house. Water moves in mysterious ways, so the leak above the garage might show up at the other end of the house if you are lucky. If you are not, the weight of the water can crash through the ceiling, causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Gutter cleaning involves going up on the roof with the right equipment. It a task best left to professionals, so contact Greensite to come out and prepare your gutters for the winter.