What Increased Pollen Count Could Mean for your Gutter Guards
If you suffer from allergies, we probably don’t need to tell you that at this time of the year we are well into allergy season. Unfortunately, it seems that the pollen count, and allergies are on the rise. Have you noticed when approaching your car each morning that it has a slight yellow tint? When you get closer you realize that it is pollen.
According to an article on Environmental Health Perspectives, an estimated 10-30% of the global population is affected by allergies, and 300 million people worldwide affected by asthma, indicating the prevalence of these illnesses are triggered by pollen, mold, and other allergenic substances which are on the rise. In this article, the rise of these allergens may be correlated with climate change, linking increased pollen to warming temperatures. Warmer temperatures and higher CO2 levels, contribute to more vigorous growth of plant life, which in turn produces more pollen. Pollen can not only be extremely frustrating for those that suffer from allergies, but it’s buildup can also cause other annoyances.
This season we’ve been experiencing some buildup of this pollen on top of our clients’ micro-mesh gutter guards. What is happening is the excessive buildup of pollen mixed with rain is forming a sort of paste on top of the guard. This does not mean that your gutter guards are not working, but it does mean that they’ll need to be cleaned off. Debris, like pollen, that can land on top of a gutter guard will most commonly blow off on its own. However, with the increased pollen count and its continued buildup on all surfaces, pollen can be a bit more aggravating this season than normal.
Micro-mesh guards are great at keeping debris out of your gutter, while also allowing for your gutters to still flow properly. If you too are encountering a sort of pollen paste buildup on your guards, there are some simple ways to clean it off, and ensure that your gutters are flowing properly again and your guards are performing at their highest potential.
- A telescopic water tool. This can be a very easy way to get rid of this buildup by spraying debris off of your guard, while eliminating the need to climb a ladder.
- Using a brush. Another option would be to get on a ladder and use some sort of brush to get rid of the paste.
- Call the professionals! The best, and safest option if you are experiencing this pollen buildup is to give us a call and have us come out and clear it off for you.
Other types of guard designs are likely also experiencing challenges with the high pollen count. If you have a reverse curve gutter guard system, you may be experiencing pollen build up on the lip, causing water to overshoot the gutter. A regular mesh design may be allowing pollen to sneak into your gutter system which could cause some potential for clogs. If your home has a foam guard system, the pollen is likely caked on top of the foam and may need to be removed and cleaned.
It is important to understand that this pollen “paste” is in direct correlation with the excessive amount of pollen this spring season and that this is most common in areas with high concentrations of trees and plant life.
In taking a quick look at a 4-day allergy tracker forecast, 2 of the 4 days are predicted to have a high pollen count, with 1 of the other 2 days being moderate, and only 1 out of the 4 days indicating that the pollen count and breathing conditions are very good. As we soon head into the summer season, we should begin to see a decrease in the pollen count.