Although you may not think about it from one day to the next, it’s important to realise just how easily it is for the gutters on your property to get blocked. It doesn’t take a whole lot of leaves and debris to accumulate to prevent water flowing freely to the downspouts. And what happens when the water can’t go down the downspouts? It starts to build up and then overflow over the edges of the gutters and down to the ground directly below.
And that’s when problems arise, because all that water can cause damage to your property. As well as staining the sides of your home, it can flood your basement area, waterlog your garden and yard, ruining the plants and lawn you have and, perhaps worst of all, damage your foundations and cause subsidence.
So, it’s vital that you make looking after your gutters and keeping them clean and clear a priority. But now we know how important it is to have them cleaned regularly, how often is regularly?
Twice a Year
You should have your gutters cleaned at least two times a year. One time of year they should be cleaned and cleared is in fall when the leaves have fallen off the trees in your area. If you are worried you are going to forget to arrange this important job, it’s a good idea to carry it out at the same time as other important jobs around your house. For instance, you could schedule gutter cleaning to the same time when you:
- Change your porch’s lightbulbs
- Pay your car insurance
- Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors.
When You Should Consider Cleaning Them More Often
Like we said, the twice a year scheduling of gutter cleaning is a general rule of thumb. There are times when you may have to clean the more regularly than that. For example, if there has been a serious storm in your local area, the chances are that there’s more twigs, leaves and other debris caught in your guttering than there normally would be. Likewise, if you have several trees that tend to hang down over your home, there will be more leaves falling directly into the gutters and they’d needed to be cleared more frequently.
How to Clean Your Gutters
The great thing about cleaning gutters is that there is not one set in stone and specific way to do it. Different people tend to use different methods, whether it’s a spray nozzle, hose or using a vacuum of some kind with an extendable pole and an attachment designed to suck all pine needles and leaves up. There are some people who don’t mind getting their hands dirty and climbing a ladder with a shovel. However, one of the best ways to ensure that your gutters are cleaned properly is hiring professional gutter cleaners. Not only do they have the experience and skills to carry the job out in no time at all, it means you don’t have to climb any ladders and can remain safely on the ground.