How often should you clean your gutters?

Now that you know what is at stake with clogged gutters, how do you ensure that your gutters are clean and able to channel water effectively away from your home? Scaling a ladder every day and testing their condition is not realistic.

Most professionals would only recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year: once in the spring and another in the fall. Depending on the environment of your town and the number of trees near your house, however, you might need to clean your gutters more frequently. It is especially valid if you live in a winter climate where it freezes. If your gutters can not drain water from your roof properly, water buildup can reach your roof and cause damage to your shingles when the weather drops to freezing conditions. Checking your gutters after a severe storm is not a bad idea, either. Leaves, branches, and other debris may have dislodged and found their way into your gutters during the storm. It may sound like a lot to keep up with, but spending just one hour checking and possibly cleaning up your gutters a couple of times a year is worth the amount of money you’ll be saving in potential damage. If the prospect of climbing a ladder and unclogging your gutters still doesn’t thrill you, you can outsource this task to a professional.

What will happen if the gutters are left clogged and unclean?

If you don’t clean your gutters, the first problem you will face will be clogged gutters and downspouts that will cause standing water to pool and leak in your gutter. The water in your gutters will become filthy as dead leaves decompose and mold will start growing. If you put your gutters off cleaning, your roof can leak and will leak. Water not draining to the ground can build up on the roof, soaking through shingles and causing significant damage. The same holds for your basement. If the downspouts of your gutter are clogged, don’t drain away enough from the house, or get disconnected from your gutters, water may flow into your basement.

Cleaning down your gutters is necessary. While it is a job that you may be able to do yourself, you can sleep better knowing that an accomplished professional has done the right job.

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