A clean, unimpaired watercourse is the result, eliminating overflows and resulting damage to the roof and soffits
Q: How often should I clean my gutters?
A: Gutters need to be cleaned at least twice per year in spring and fall. If your house or storefront has many trees in close proximity, you could benefit from three to four cleanings per year.
Q: How do gutters get dirty and clogged?
A: Your gutters can get clogged for several reasons. The most obvious one people think about are falling leaves and branches from surrounding trees, but other unpleasant things, such as animals, insects, and even vegetation growth, can clog gutters.
Q: What happens if I neglect my gutters?
A: Neglecting to clean cutters can have costly, devastating effects on a property on both the building and the surrounding landscape. The roof can sag and warp from the weight of debris. The house frame can become warped and crack, also causing damage to windows. Foundations can crack due to weight and water damage, and landscape flooding can cause innumerable problems.
Q: Can’t I just clean gutters myself?
A: While you could if you had a long ladder, cleaning gutters yourself can prove to be more dangerous and labor-intensive than you originally planned. Professionals have the knowledge, expertise, and training to remain on a ladder operating tools for a long period of time. They are also trained to deal with whatever they may encounter in gutters, as people often find surprises they weren’t expecting when they clean out their gutters. It’s best to leave a gutter cleaning job to the professionals.
Q: Is it Possible to Avoid the Need for Gutter Cleaning Entirely?
A: In a word, no. Or at least, it’s highly unlikely that your gutters won’t have to be cleaned at least occasionally. No matter where your home is located, dirt, debris, and general grime will always accumulate over time.
There’s always the option of gutter guards, which come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and specifications. Choosing the right gutter protection can help to minimize how oftenand how intensively your gutters will need to be cleaned. Nevertheless, the gutters and the guards themselves will still need to be cleaned periodically, in order to avoid clogs and possible damage to your home.
Q: Are Gutter Screens and Guards a Good Idea?
A: This is something that depends on a) your exact circumstances and b) the type of gutter protection you choose. If your home is surrounded by trees and your gutters are constantly becoming blocked due to leaf litter, quality guards could make a huge difference.
By contrast, if your gutters tend to run freely most of the time and debris isn’t a problem, gutter guards won’t help a great deal. And if you choose the wrong gutter protection entirely, it could actually make things even worse. Do your homework, research the options, and if you have any questions, speak to a professional.