You count on your home’s gutters to keep your roof and home healthy. Unfortunately, gutters are common nesting spots for many types of birds, and this can cause a host of problems. Below are three reasons why you want to avoid having birds in your gutters.
Having Birds in Your Gutters Can Cause Clogging & Overflow
When you see a bird, you are going to see a nest. Things such as twigs, grass clippings, feathers, branches and twigs are all going to be used by a bird to build its nest. So, when you see birds in your gutters, chances are that all of those nest-building materials come with them. These are all materials that can cause your gutters to be clogged. A clogged gutter won’t drain properly, which means you’ll likely have overflowing gutters.
Not only that, but many birds will nest where the gutter’s connecting to your downspout. They like this because it usually is guarded by your home’s overhanging roof. With this blocked, the water will have no place to empty. When your gutter is overflowing, it can damage your home, landscaping, and even cause flooding in the basement.
Birds in Gutters Can Be Very Noisy
Based on your home’s insulation, having birds in the gutters can often wake the household very early and disrupt your weekend sleep. Along with tweeting, it’s possible that you are going to hear their claws scraping against your gutters. This can go throughout your whole gutter’s length. When their eggs are hatching, the parents are going to be flying back and forth to get food for their babies.
Birds in Your Gutters Can Become Trapped in the Downspouts
If a hatchling or grown bird tumbles into the downspout, there’s a good chance that they’re not going to be able to get themselves out. Crawling isn’t possible because the gutters are made from smooth metal, and they won’t have the room needed to fly. They also can’t fit through the exit of the downspout, since it’s very narrow, or you may have a French drain to which it is attached. This means that the bird’s unable to get out. This clog can cause your gutter to become backed up.
These are three reasons why you want to make sure that you are doing all you can to stop the problems of birds in your gutters. One of the best ways to do it is by keeping your gutters clean. We offer gutter cleaning services, and this is a great time to have it done. Contact us today to get a quote.