Gutters are an important part of your home’s well being. They help to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.
But if they are neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. When a gutter is clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris it can cause water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
“If you let gutter cleaning go by the wayside, it can cost you hundreds or thousands of dollars,” says Jeff Lambert, a supervisor with The Gutter Man in Houston.
“Gutters are a potential bomb above your head full of insects and critters, if you let them stay out of sight, out of mind,” Lambert added.
How often should they be cleaned?
It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. Bob Vecchio, owner of The House Doctors in Cleveland, recommends having gutters maintained in the spring and fall.
Vecchio says it’s important to have a professional clean the downspouts as well because a clogged downspout “makes it hard for the rain to go down and that causes them to back up and overflow the gutter, which can cause damage to your home.”
You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says.
“It should be on everyone’s to-do list about every four months, depending on the tree climate,” he says. “In a high-yield environment, leaves fall all year-round. You can’t wait until the last leaf falls.”
We can clean gutters throughout the year. Just a few weeks ago we cleaned out some gutters that were all clogged up with leaves and the water was frozen into large ice dams. The amount of weight from the water and debris in the gutters must have been tremendous! Check out these pictures of what it looked like…
And here is a before and after photo…