Here’s a question you might not have thought to ask yourself:
How dirty are the gutters on my house?
You might think this is an odd thing to ponder, but the truth is that homeowners neglect cleaning their gutters all too frequently, which can lead to costly problems. When nailing the gutter cleaning, there are several things to keep in mind. A gutter full of gunk can lead to water damage in your home or create an eyesore with watermarks and mildew.
Make sure to clean your gutters before they overflow during a rainstorm and cause problems. A blocked gutter can also cause your roof to leak and get damaged. And if your roof leaks, you may lose some of your most precious possession: water damage caused by leaking roofs can cost hundreds of pounds.
How do gutters get blocked?
Water running down the side of your home or building is a familiar sight. It flows from rooftops into rainwater drums, downpipes and drains—and out to the street, sewer or septic tank. On the way, it ends up in gutters (also called “downspouts”).
These direct rainwater into special nearby drains, so it can’t flood the surrounding area. It may sound simple enough, but gutters can get clogged with dirt and debris that shouldn’t be there over time. This includes lawn cuttings like pine needles, leaves and twigs; pieces of plastic film from neighbours’ trash; and items from your yard like pinecones and sticks. Blocked gutters prevent this water from draining correctly.
Gutters blocked with excessive debris can cause significant roof damage to your house, including leaks and structural failure.
How to know whether your gutters are blocked?
It’s too easy to wait until the leaves start falling before checking your gutters. But those leaves are already on the ground, so it’s a good idea to look at them. If they’re clogged or damaged in any way, you need to make the repair or replace them. If not, you can budget for gutter cleaning soon.
Gutter cleaning is a crucial thing to do as a homeowner. However, unless you have a roofing company that comes out and cleans your gutters for you, you probably don’t know how often to clean them. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as the most important things are that they get cleaned by a professional and that they get cleaned often enough that debris doesn’t begin to build up and obstruct your gutters.
How many times in a year do gutters require cleaning?
It may seem like a simple question, but it deserves careful thought. Gutter cleaning frequency is typically determined by gutters and downspouts age, quality, property attributes, climate and weather factors and annual rainfall.
Generally, gutter cleaning should occur at least once a year. In between services, gutters can get clogged with leaves and debris. If this happens in the fall, there is usually enough time before the ice starts to form. When fallen leaves have turned to clay and piled up high in the springtime, it’s essential to get them cleaned out before the icing starts to prevent roof damage.
Further, it’s hard to say precisely, as it depends on the size and age of your property. In extreme cases, gutters require cleaning every two to four weeks; in mild cases, it may take up to six months for them to clog enough to warrant cleaning.