If your home has messy gutters, it can be more than just an eye sore. When gutters are clogged with leaves and debris, water can't flow properly, causing issues like:
Regularly cleaning your gutters can prevent damage and save you thousands in possible repair costs.
So, when’s the right time to clean them? Is it better to use a professional or tackle the job yourself?
Let’s break down a few of these questions and discuss the options.
Here’s the frustrating answer no one wants to hear – it depends!
Some professionals recommend cleaning your gutter twice a year – once in the spring and once in the fall. However, if you live somewhere with a lot of trees or at a high elevation, more frequent cleaning is necessary.
If you live somewhere prone to freezing temperatures, it’s important to get ahead of the winter weather and give your gutters a good cleaning in the fall months. Damage to your roof caused by ice can be expensive to repair.
Also, if you live somewhere that experiences a lot of storms and hurricanes, it’s important to frequently check your gutters for excess debris. They may not need to be cleaned, but you want to make sure blockages aren’t forming.
Gutter cleaning can be safe if you take the proper precautions. However, if you have a fear of heights, consider hiring a professional. If you want to tackle the project yourself, though, please keep the following in mind:
Hiring someone who can do the job right is always a smart option and can prevent potential issues, since professionals know which techniques and equipment to use, as well as which precautions to take.
If you think that animals have gotten into your gutters – think chirping or rustling sounds – then it’s time to bring in a professional who can help get them out. Also, if you see water pooling in your yard or driveway, then that’s a sign that your gutters are already leaking.
Gutter cleaning is an incredibly important home maintenance job. Done proactively, it can save you time, money and possibly even sanity!
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