Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Unblocking & Pressure Washing
Pennsylvania is known for its incredible trees, resulting in a perpetual need for gutter cleaning. We at Roof Cleaning Pros & Pressure Washing, take what we do very seriously. Clogged gutters and downspouts lead to waterbacking up in the soffit area, causing rot and other forms of damage. In the winter it leads to ice dams.
We make sure all gutters are completely clean, and we check each and every downspout for blockage. You can call us for both residential and commercial gutter cleaning services in the NEPA-county area. We hope to hear from you soon
Failure to clean gutters for prolong periods of time can cause severe clogs. Leaves and other organic matter break down into a mud like constancy. Water is no longer able to pass. Often different forms of vegetation begin to grow. They will appear like mini trees growing from within. There are many forms of damage that can occur due to gutter clogs. For one, there is often an exposed area of wood located between the gutter and the shingles. It is called a fascia board.
Built up gutter debris holds moisture against it for prolonged periods of time. Eventually the board begins to rot. Its cellulose composition turns soft. Gutter spikes may begin falling out, and the gutter eventually falls off.
Another similar issue is a small gap between the fascia board and the last roof board. Built up gutter debris will create a small dam between the last shingle and the debris. This damed water flows back behind the gutter. When this occurs it sometimes flows through the gap in the fascia board and becomes trapped within the soffit area. There is no where for it to go, and no means for evaporation. It just sits there. Significant rot damage can occur in a short amount of time. You don’t realize damage is occurring until the soffit forms large stains or begins to sag. At that point, the damage is already done.
Homes with severe clogs frequently have a significant amount of buildup on the roof surface and in the valleys. This debris holds moisture against the shingles, eventually causing them to rot. Most people are surprised to learn that shingles can rot. The reason is most of the shingle material is organic. As the shingles age, much of the oils within them begins to dry, enabling moisture to penetrate. In most instances, that moisture evaporates within hours after a rain. However, when the shingles are covered with debris, the evaporation process takes much longer. And, in severe cases, the shingles never dry, enabling them to rot very quickly