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How maintaining your gutters can help reduce the chances of a termite infestation

Cleaning gutters filled with leaves and sticks.

Would you believe me if I told you that keeping your gutters in good shape, and clear of debris, can help reduce the chances that your home will develop a termite issue? Indirectly, they can.

Gutters are designed to catch the rain water off of the roof line, funnel it towards a down spout on a certain side of the house, down the spout, and then away from the home. What happens if the gutters are not doing their job?

Imagine that your gutters are clogged. They are so full and heavy, that they are pulling away from the home in some areas. In other areas, they may not be pulling away from the home, but they are so full that water is not able to flow through them freely. This causes the water to build up, until it eventually starts flowing over, either over the back or the front of the gutter. This overflowing water, which should have been channeled away from the home, is now potentially running down the siding of the home, or pooling down near the foundation. Over a period of time, this can create moisture issues in specific areas, damaging wood siding, or creeping up into the bottom parts of the wood framing. 

Termites love wood (cellulose product), and moisture, right? So what if we combine those two elements? Combining these two things creates a conducive condition, making it much more likely that termites will find and invade your home.

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