Can Ash and Dust from a Wildfire Clog your Gutters and Downspouts?

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Yes, ash can clog your gutters! Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause numerous issues with your home. Hoping that rain will wash the ash and dust away can cause the ash that pollutes the water systems or clog water system pipes.

Unclogging ash from your gutters after a wildfire can be difficult. 

Cleaning your gutters is more challenging than you think. With most homes having more than one story to climb, you run the risk of hurting yourself if you fall off a ladder. You also need to be extremely careful with ash to not pollute the local water systems while cleaning. Calling the ASF Clean Team is in your best interest. We have the proper equipment, insurance, and training necessary to make clean-up a breeze. We can typically complete a home in just two to three hours, and we will save you a lot of time and headaches by cleaning ash from your gutters and downspouts. 

The rainy season is coming.

November through March is considered the rainy season in San Francisco. If something has caused a clog in your gutters, now is the time to clean those out. If you wait too long, the water will start to pile up and cause significant damage to your home. Don’t leave anything to clog your gutters this season.

Using chemicals to unclog your gutters can be dangerous.

There is always the risk of runoff when cleaning things outside your home. Suppose you begin using chemicals in your gutters to loosen clogs. In that case, they could run off into city drainage systems polluting the water for yourself and everyone around you! At ASF Clean Team, we aim to use only the most eco-friendly chemicals while still getting the job done. 

What happens if I don’t remove ash and debris from my gutters and downspout?

Freeflowing gutters and downspouts for your home are essential. Leaving debris to clog your gutters after a wildfire or not installing them at all could cost you thousands of dollars in repairs. Clogged gutters and downspouts overflow with water, leading it to leak and drain along your home’s foundation. If water collects around the foundation, rather than being properly channeled away, it can cause damage like cracks, mold, and deterioration. This results in expensive repairs down the road. It is better to invest in professional gutter cleaning services, especially before the rainy season. Even if it sounds like a high price to pay, getting your gutters cleaned doesn’t cost nearly as much as repairing your home’s foundation.

Please don’t wait until it is too late to fix a simple problem. It is highly recommended that you clean your gutters at least twice a year to ensure that nothing is obstructing them, including ash. At ASF Clean Team, we can take care of all your gutter cleaning needs.

Call ASF Clean Team today to get on our schedule. With online quotes available, it’s easy to reach out to us today. We can’t wait to help you take care of your home.

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