When you own a home, it seems like maintenance chores never end. However, it's important to keep up with chores, such as gutter cleaning, to keep your home in good repair and to prevent damage due to neglect. Here's why gutter cleaning is so important, how often to have it done, and an overview of the cleaning process.
Why Gutter Cleaning Is An Essential Chore
The rain has the potential to damage your roof, siding, and foundation if your gutters don't drain properly. Gutters fill up with tree leaves, twigs, and even things like bird nests. When leaves and other debris settle in the gutter troughs, they create dams that block water flow and cause a backup.
Water can flow under the roof or under the siding. It can spill near your home's foundation and cause foundation damage or trouble with a wet basement. Clogged gutters could lead to expensive water damage that could have been avoided by having your gutters cleaned.
How Often Gutters Need To Be Cleaned
Several factors affect how often you should clean your gutters. Ideally, they should be cleaned at least once a year in the fall. However, if your yard has several trees that shed leaves, needles, flowers, or seeds, you may need to have your gutters cleaned out twice a year in the spring and fall to ensure rain can drain properly.
Besides the number and type of trees in your yard, another thing that affects how often you need to have gutters cleaned is whether you have gutter guards installed that keep leaves from getting inside the troughs.
What To Expect With Gutter Cleaning
The easiest way to keep your gutters in good shape is to hire a gutter cleaning company to do all the work. However, if you don't mind the elbow grease and you can work from a ladder and you have all the tools needed, you can clean the gutters yourself. Whether you clean the gutters or hire professionals, there are some important steps in the process.
These steps include digging out clumps of leaves and twigs by hand, blowing or rinsing the inside of the gutters clean, and making sure there are no clogs hidden in the downspout. In addition, it's necessary to bag and haul off the leaves from the troughs. The area around your home and the side of your house may need to be cleaned of dropped leaves and stains from the gutter debris so your home and yard look clean and tidy when the work is done.