If it has been awhile since you had your gutters cleaned, they could be harboring hidden dangers. These dangers may come in the form of organisms that can cause health problems. The following are examples of hidden dangers that a routine gutter cleaning could uncover and keep your family safe.
If you are a person who suffers from springtime allergies, trapped foliage, pollen or flowers in your gutters could exacerbate your allergies. Common culprits are oak, elm, mulberry, birch, and maple trees. These trees may grow to heights that allow them to tower over homes. This means that when their seeds, pollens or flowers fall from them, the allergens may settle on rooftops, windowsills or get trapped in gutters.
Clogged gutters can also contribute to water seeping into homes. The stagnant water can cause fungi to which is another type of allergen to flourish.
Wasps, hornets, and bees often look for moist or damp dwelling places for their nests. The gutters of your home are an example of a place that is ideal for these insects' nesting behavior. Aim to take a walk around the perimeter of your home to look for signs of insect activity. This is because these insects may start out with a small colony hanging from the exterior of your home, but they can expand their nests in a short period of time. Hanging nests are not only unsightly, but the insects residing in them are known to sting and cause allergic reactions in some people. It is best to call in professional help for a thorough gutter inspection because some insects may build their nests inside of gutters rather than on the exterior, which would make it more difficult for your untrained eyes to find them. A sign of a possible nearby nest would be an increased presence of wasps, hornets, or bees buzzing around your property.
Small animals may choose to live in gutter systems to keep themselves safe from predators or to keep warm. The problem is that these animals may get stuck in your gutter system and ultimately die. Clogs are sometimes the cause for animals getting trapped. For example, a rodent may be able to make entry through an opening in your gutters, but the animal may not be able to exit the gutter due to leaves clogging the gutters.
The decomposing animal matter may give off an offensive odor, but it can also result in a more serious situation such as harmful bacteria growing inside of your gutters and spreading. If you have noticed a bad odor around your home and cannot identify a source, a professional gutter cleaning could reveal whether or not there is a dead animal inside your gutters.