November Is the Best Time To Clean your Gutters
Did you know that neglecting to clean your gutters can cost you thousands of dollars in home repairs? That’s a fact.
Risks of Not Cleaning Your Gutters
If you forget to clean out your gutters and downspouts, it prevents the gutters from doing the job they are supposed to do – which is diverting the water and debris from remaining on the roof of a house.
You can end up with a leak in your roof, having a water leak inside of your home, and damage to your drywall causing mold damage as well.
Well-maintained gutters keep the water from collecting on the roof and on the foundation, prevents water from damaging windows, window sashes and frames, damaging exterior paint, and flowerbeds.
Lastly, on occasions, when gutters are not cleaned and a hole in the roof occurs, it is an easy entrance for rodents to get into your home, which could cause a nesting situation and even further damage.
All the information noted here leads to one thing; It’s important to clean out your gutters on a regular basis. Where these things probably won’t happen, they could happen – and it is better to be safe than sorry.
Gutter Cleaning Guide – Everything You Need to Know
How often should you clean your gutters? What is the best time to clean your gutters? The following is an informative guide that will answer these questions. Bottom line; your home’s exterior is as important as it’s interior. Here is the 4-1-1 to gutter cleaning for your home.
What Does Quality Gutter Cleaning Entail?
Gutter cleaning is the process of removing the debris, dust, dirt leaves, tennis balls, and other material from the inside of your gutter system. Generally done with scoopers, shovels, and other gutter cleaning tools designed specifically for the purpose of making the cleaning job easier, the gutter cleaning expert gains access to the roof and gutter system with ladders to get the job done. Done with a partner to “spot” the ladder, every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of the gutter cleaning professional. After the debris is removed from the horizontal portion of the gutters, then the downspouts must be cleaned. Usually running a hose with water down the downspout to simulate rainwater, the pro then flushes out the downspout of any debris that could be remaining in the gutter system. This is the most critical component of the cleaning gutters; when you flush out the downspouts, it keeps the flow of the water going and allows the gutters to do what they were designed to do in the first place and can also show where possible leaks in the system may be occurring.
After the gutters are cleaned and downspouts are flushed out, then all the debris that has come out of the gutters has to be removed from the customer’s yard. The gutter cleaning crew should have trash bags available to gather all the debris removed from gutters to either haul it away or to place in the customer’s trash cans.
When (& How Often) Should You Clean Your Gutters?
The million-dollar question is when you should clean your gutters and how often. The general rule of thumb is twice a year, but of course, that depends on where you are located, the freeze and thaw that happens with water, etc. Generally, November is a great time of year to get your gutters cleaned – it’s close to the end of Fall and most if not all of the leaves from the trees have fallen off – and leaves are the major culprit of clogging gutters. The next time gutters should be cleaned would be the springtime, but of course, chances are there may be one time in between where the gutters may have to be flushed. The bottom line is that preventative maintenance is key, especially when it comes to gutters. So always keep them clean to ensure that problems won’t occur and cause costly damage to your home.