It’s an ongoing debate among homeowners, how often should you clean your gutters? The answer is relative to the environment surrounding your home, and your frequency could be different than that of your next door neighbors. Typically, it is recommended that you clean your gutters twice a year, with one of those times occurring right after the leaves fall off of the trees. All it takes is a few leaves or minor debris to cause a serious backup in your gutters and cause extensive damage to your home.
More Frequent Cleaning
You might be wondering which homes need cleaning more frequently than twice per year. Homes that have a lot of trees that are at gutter level should be cleaned more often. This is because it is very likely that leaves drop into your gutter with a strong wind or rain, causing clogs. Other homes that require more frequent cleaning of the gutters include those that do not have gutter covers or those homes that are positioned lower than other nearby homes, allowing their debris to fly into your gutters.
Preventing Clogged Gutters
If cleaning your gutters more than twice per year makes you shudder, there are various things you can do to prevent leaves and debris from accumulating in your gutters. The easiest way is to install gutter covers on your gutters. The covers will prevent any debris from getting trapped in your gutters, allowing the water to flow through. Another option, that might be more expensive, but is worth the expense, is to install seamless gutters to have less area for the leaves and debris to get caught.
Regardless of what you decide to do in regards to your constantly clogged gutters, the most important thing you can do is continually inspect your gutters for any clogs. The quicker you get to a clog, the less likely it is to wreak havoc on your gutters and your home. The best way to remember to clean your gutters is to do it at season’s change, both in the fall and in the spring. This allows you to enter winter and summer with clog free gutters that are ready to take on the ice and snow of winter and the rain that spring and summer bring.