Whether you know it or not, your gutters put in a lot of work during the year. Gutters often protect your roof from building up too much debris on your roof, but that doesn’t mean your gutters won’t get clogged or even damaged if you don’t clean them.
But how often should you have to clean them? Tidewater Roofing wants you to know the best ways to keep your gutters clean and tidy.
When To Clean Your Gutters
As with any home service advice, the big thing to consider is where you live. More specifically, what climate you live in. The climate could have a significant impact on how often you will need to clean your gutters, as drier climates means there probably aren’t many trees or other plant life looming over the home to cause a lot of clogging in the gutter system. For homes like this, you can probably get away with cleaning your gutters once a year.
However, woodland climates have homes that need their gutters checked and cleaned far more often. Trees and other plants looming over your home can cause leaves, pine needles, and other debris to get stuck in the gutter system and can build up over time. For these more lush climates, it is recommended to clean your gutters out twice or three times a year.
How To Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning your gutters is quite simple to do, but it can take a while and can be very messy. For the best results, contact your gutter and roof professionals. Their experience not only make sure your gutters are cleaned right, but can also help spot any damages missed if you were to do this job on your own.
But, if you still plan on doing the work yourself, there are some simple rules you should follow:
- Wear protective gear like gloves and goggles.
- Have a spotter. If you plan on working on a ladder, a spotter keeping an eye out for you will make the whole effort much safer.
- Throw the debris in the garbage or compost. Leaving the debris you pull out of the gutter on the lawn can attract insects and pests, on top of being a real eye-sore.
- Look for signs of leaks and mold. Leaving these will cause more damage to your gutters over time.
What Can Happen if You Don’t Clean Your Gutters?
When your gutters aren’t cleaned, debris and water can build and eventually start to leak into your home. Leaky roofs are a pain to repair and become pretty costly depending on the extent of the damage.
Sagging gutters can happen for a multitude of reasons, but one of the most common is they are being weighed down from debris. When sagging, the flow of water is interrupted and the gutter can pool up more water and debris.
Pests & Critters
If debris is built up over time, pests can find a way to burrow a home in your gutters. These unwanted guests can then find a way into your home.
Replacing Your Gutters
For The Best Results, Contact A Professional
For any gutter or roofing problems, contact our professionals. Not only will our Carefree Gutter Guard relieve you from tedious gutter cleaning, but having a roofing and gutter expert inspect your home can reveal other damages you might not know you have and give you the best advice on how to repair your problems.
For the best gutter and roofing services, call Tidewater Roofing today!