Clean gutters are key to mold prevention. They allow rainwater to drain off of your roof efficiently instead of backing up under shingles or pooling around the foundation, both of which contribute to mold growth.

Your Orange County mold inspectors want you to keep the following signs in mind, all of which tell you to clean your gutters now. 

Increased Animal Activity 

Animals such as squirrels, rats, and birds love gutters clogged with dirt, leaves, twigs, seeds, and other organic debris. It provides shelter and nesting materials, with insects also loving clogged gutters for shelter, nesting, and predator protection reasons. If you notice more wildlife activity around your roof lately, your gutters need cleaning. It helps prevent roof damage from claws, teeth, and waste in addition to reducing mold growth risks. 

Bulging Gutters

As organic debris builds up in gutters, they start to bulge and sag. The weight of the debris causes these issues, especially if it’s extra heavy because of water. Mold starts to grow in perpetually-wet organic debris, which can trigger allergic reactions when you are doing yard work because of increased spores in the air. Since the weight can cause your gutters to crack or break at the seams, clean them as soon as possible.  

Basement Water Damage

In addition to causing rainwater backups under roof shingles, clogged gutters can result in basement water damage. Water spills over the sides of blocked gutters, causing the liquid to pool around your foundation and enter the basement through foundation and window cracks. Depending on the degree of water damage, you might notice wall stains, damaged storage boxes, and moldy laundry. Black mold removal in your Los Angeles home paired with basement waterproofing and routine gutter cleaning avoids further problems. 

Roof Leaks 

If excessive water enters your roofing system because of clogged gutters, it starts leaking into your home. You might notice drywall that is wet to the touch, and brownish stains on ceilings and walls. Dark, damp roof areas provide ideal environments for mold to flourish without timely cleanup services. 
For water damage restoration services in Orange County, contact Mold Masters today. 

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