There is a series of pipes that are ran around the outer edge of homes across the United States; and Fort Myers, Florida is no exception. These pipes, otherwise known as gutters are exposed and open on the top to allow water to collect from the roof and drain through the channels out of a downspout. The downspouts are located in a particular spot that will allow the water to run off safely without causing a problem. The gutters are an open channel which means that they can easily be filled with particles and debris. When this happens the gutters can become stopped up and blocked so the water can no longer drain to the designated area. This can lead to not just the gutters but the fascia of the home being damaged. In addition, the water will drain in places you may not want like the foundation of your home or over a walkway. Gutter clearing and cleaning are constant maintenance items on the list of chores that need to be done. The problem is that gutters are high up on the house and they can actually be quite hard to clean; especially when you don’t have the right equipment or know what you are doing. The work is dangerous to start off because you are high on a ladder trying to remove debris. The other problem is without the right tools the work is very slow going. The best method to clean out gutters and the downspouts is to use a pressure washer. Although it seems easy enough, pressure washing is a science and left to the professionals. If it is not done right it can also cause damage.

AA Top to Bottom Exterior Cleaning & Home Repair Lists What Could Be Blocking Your Gutters & Downspouts

Twigs, Leaves, Dirt & Mud: One of the most popular items that are found in gutters is from the trees that are normally hanging all around the house. They are full of leaves and twigs that at some point will fall off. The problem is that the gutter channel is open and is a great place for all these twigs and leaves to land. The other place they tend to land in on the actual roof and the wind will send them down the pitch of the home straight into the gutters. Once they are cozy in the gutter they probably won’t leave unless someone takes them out. Along with the leaves and the twigs is dirt that settles quickly down in the gutter and when the water comes it turns into thick mud. The mud sometimes referred to as sludge is so thick that it is difficult to clean out.
Nests From Birds & Wild Animals: When a small animal is looking for a place to make a nest they are looking for some place that has some cover. Inside the gutter is a great spot to stop and nest away. The nest of a bird, mouse, or other wildlife can easily be found around the gutters causing some major backup. They use pieces from around the yard to make the nest which can include toys, fabric, leaves and anything else they find useful.
Living Plants: That may seem weird to say but a small plant has all that it needs in a gutter filled with mud. It has dirt, water and sunlight in a perfect little planter box. A plant can start to sprout from the gutter and the roots can take control. Once that happens more damage can come as the roots continue to run along the gutters.

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