Gutters & Allergies: What You Need to Know

Gutters & Allergies: What You Need to Know

Springtime means beautiful weather, flowers blooming, and days spent outdoors. However, if you’re like many people, springtime also means allergy season, and the price to pay for enjoying warm sunshine is constant sneezing, a runny nose, and itchy red eyes. Suffering from seasonal pollen allergies or asthma flare-ups can be miserable, but there’s one solution you may not have tried yet: cleaning out your gutters.

A key trigger for asthma and cause of allergies in the spring, summer, and fall is pollen. Pollen is a biological material released by plants to spread DNA and contribute to plant reproduction, and because it is small and nearly weightless, it can be easily spread across large distances by wind and animals. During and after the pollen season, this substance can be found almost everywhere—in the air, in water, and on surfaces.

A lot of that leftover pollen ends up in residential gutter systems, creating the potential for more clogs. If your gutters aren’t regularly cleaned, the pollen inside the gutters can actually exacerbate existing allergies for you and your family members and even damage the gutter system itself.

Protect Yourself from Allergies

As pollen is carried by the wind, a lot of it ends up on rooftops, and eventually in gutters. Having your gutters cleaned reduces the accumulation and further spread of pollen, potentially reducing the sinus congestion, itchy throat, coughing, or other allergy symptoms you may be experiencing.

As dead leaves and other debris build up in your gutters, it results in moisture and standing water, which creates a perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. This can pose a general health hazard, and allergies to mold spores are increasingly common, so it’s important to ensure your gutters are cleaned out regularly to avoid this risk as well.

Protect Your Gutters from Allergies

In addition to causing allergy or asthma flare-ups for household members, neglecting to clean your gutters during allergy season can also cause damage to the structure of the gutters themselves. The extra weight added by the buildup of pollen, mold, and other blockage can cause your gutters to leak, sag, or break completely.

Additionally, some types of pollen have weak acid properties capable of oxidizing metal. Over time, this can cause your gutters to develop weak spots or holes.

St. George Gutter Services

Depending on where you live, it’s generally recommended that you get your gutters cleaned 2 to 3 times each year to keep them free of built-up leaves, twigs, and other debris. Affordable Gutter Service provides professional gutter repair, installation, and maintenance to commercial and residential customers in St. George, Utah, and throughout the surrounding areas. Our company is locally owned and operated and committed to giving you fair prices, excellent results, and the best customer service possible. To learn more or get a free quote, contact us today.