How Often Should I Have My Gutters Cleaned?
How often should you have your gutters cleaned? Often they get an answer such as twice a year. Minimum twice a year, if for example you have a ton of trees around your roof constantly dropping leaves you may need your gutters clean as much as four times a year.
Most likely once in early Fall and once in mid to late spring. It honestly depends on your conditions – types of deciduous trees around your house, type of roof, and even the types of native animals have an effect.
What Gutters Do for Your Home
Gutters serve an important purpose to our homes, more than just catching leaves and water. They actually control the water fall while protecting your homes foundation, landscaping and roof.
The Risks of Not Cleaning Your Gutters
Often overlooked is the importance of getting your gutters cleaned regularly. With the fall season underway, it has never been more important than now to get those pesky falling leaves and other debris out of your gutters.
There are several risks associated with failing to routinely have your gutters cleaned. The most dangerous risk is the risk to your roof and home foundation. Gutters serve to reroute the rainfall so as to not damage the roof, siding, and foundation. These are the most vulnerable areas that water damage will have the most costly effect. Allowing a build up of twigs and leaves causes your gutters to clog, blocking a path to proper water flow and allowing water to pool in the wrong places, often times causing your fascia to rot, leading to a possible need to replace your entire roof. That same water build up can even lead to mold, something you definitely want to avoid. That being said, it is crucial to maintain your gutters in order to ensure proper water flow and protect of the most important parts of your home.
Another risk you take by not having regular gutter maintenance is critters will make a home in your gutters. Whether rodents or insects, these pests will burrow inside the debris build up, often times finding a way to invade your home, causing an infestation. Having these critters living in your gutters adds extra weight to them along with the weight of the leaves and other debris. This can cause damage to your gutters that could have otherwise been prevented with routine gutter cleanings.
Long Term Effects of Not Cleaning Your Gutters
By not maintaining your gutters, the leaves and debris build up can have damaging effects on your landscaping. The buildup of this debris causing a water over pour, often times landing on the unsuspecting flower beds, small trees, or other landscaping. This over watering can kill the plants – and end up costing significant amounts of money (and time) to replace. Not only does keeping your gutters clean reduce the risk of water overflow onto plants, but if you are selling your home, these touches are vital. A dirty gutter can lead to rust, chipped paint, damaged shingles, and lots of other ugly side effects. A thriving landscape along with clean and clear gutters can go miles for curb appeal. First impressions are everything!
How All Clear Cleaning Can Help
Gutter cleaning can at times be dangerous work. Save some money, time, and make sure you are safe by using us to clean your gutters this season. You are in luck, visit our Facebook page to find out about our monthly free gutter cleaning raffle! You can look at some of our work below.