A woman recently called ABC Window Cleaners and Building Maintenance because she was concerned her gutters were clogged. “I am looking out my office window and a waterfall is pouring out of the  gutter,” she explained. “Does this mean my gutters are clogged?” Mostly likely, yes, I told her, adding that I could send my crew over for a look and a free estimate of what it would cost to clean her gutters.  With the weather forecast in Oregon for the week of Dec. 7 looking like  rain and more rain that could cause flooding, I am pretty certain no one would want to get on a ladder right now. The winds are howling and the rain pouring, making conditions quite miserable. From being the owner of ABC Window Cleaners and Building Maintenance for more than a decade, I know how people procrastinate the things they dread doing, And cleaning their gutters and roof seems to be at the top of the list of  least favorite projects. The reason most people don’t like to clean their gutters has something to do with climbing a ladder and cleaning out the muck and gook that has accumulated in their gutters. Here’s why, especially when Oregon weather experts are predicting flooding, it’s important to clean your gutters:
1. Consider your gutters your defensive line. Clean gutters direct  water away from your home. If gutters are clogged, this could 
 cause water damage to your home. Clogged gutters can cause  water to pool around your home’s foundation and seep into the basement, causing flooding or mold. 

2. When gutters are clogged with leaves, twigs and more, they get  heavy, causing them to become loose and pull away from the 
house. 

3. A few weeks ago, temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s in the Willamette Valley. If you have clogged gutters and it freezes, it causes ice dams, which will force water into your home. Ice blocks in your gutters can become heavy and cause the gutter to pull or rip off your home, causing more damage and expenses.

4. I recently learned clogged gutters make a cozy and charming home for mosquitoes, carpenter ants and even mice or rats. Unless you want those charming insects and creatures in your home, it’s a wise idea to clean your gutters.  My question for you is: when is the last time you cleaned your gutter? It should be done twice a year. I realize I am biased, but I believe the safest way to get your gutters cleaned is by hiring a licensed professional. At ABC Window Cleaners and Building Maintenance, my staff is trained and has the knowledge to safely clean your gutters and downspouts and look for any damage, leaks or other problems. With the rainy forecast predicted for Oregon this winter, make sure your gutters can handle whatever Mother Nature dishes out. It will cost you less to hire ABC Window Cleaners and Building Maintenance then it would to repair damage from flooding or broken gutters.