Why Do I Need My Gutters Cleaned?
Cleaning your rain gutter system is an important part of your home’s routine maintenance. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up into the walls & lead to many thousands of dollars in damage. Standing water in a clogged gutter is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, a concern with the spring West Nile virus & EEE season. In the winter clogged gutters freeze into heavy blocks of ice causing your gutters to pull away from your home, shorting the gutter systems lifespan & creating an overhead ice hazard & can lead to large ice dams & icicles. Gutter Covers (AKA Gutter Protection) can reduce or eliminate this rain gutter maintenance. For more information on gutter coversClick Here.
How Often Should I Have My Gutters Cleaned?
Depending on the debris left by the trees surrounding your home, (i.e. trees with blossoms, pollen strings, leaves, pine needles, seeds, acorns, sticks, etc), it is recommended that you have your gutters cleaned 2-3 times a year – in the spring, early fall (October) & late fall (November/December). For homes with large amounts of leaves or pine needles a fourth cleaning in the summer is often required.
When is the best time to have my gutters cleaned?
The following are recommended times to clean your gutters. Because weather patterns are different each year a range is given for each cleaning.
- Spring – Between April & end of June to rid your gutters of an accumulation of fall & winter debris. In addition, some of the tender tree foliage is blown off the trees along with blossoms & pollen strings which because of their consistency will clog gutters causing them to hold water, providing a perfect breeding ground for mosquito larva.
- Mid to Late Summer – August through September because, despite the fact that most leaves are firmly attached to the trees, some still come down & end up in the gutters. Thunderstorms, strong winds & drought, all are strong contributors to large accumulations of leaves, pine needles, sticks & debris during the summer.
- Early Fall – October through November, leaves & needles quickly accumulate in your gutters & their sheer volume requires the gutters to be cleared.
- Late Fall (before snow arrives) – Cleaning time depends on where you live & is between late November & the first weeks of December is when most leaves are off the trees. This gutter cleaning is a balancing act of waiting for most leaves to be off the trees & not waiting too long so that all gutters freeze solid with the ice & leaves in them.
After a Harsh Winter How Can I Repair The Damage To My Gutter System From Ice Dams & Heavy Snow?
The wear & tear from Ice dams & heavy snow can lead to the end of most gutter systems causing gutters & downspouts to pull away, corners, seams & end caps to leak. Extend the life of your gutter system with our “Tune-Up” service consisting of re-nailing/screwing loose gutters & downspouts, we add gutter hangers & screws where needed, resealing all corners, end caps, seams, & outlets, replace missing parts; reconnect disconnected parts. Please call us for a quote to have your gutter system tuned.