How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

Making sure you have clean gutters is important in ensuring the integrity of your home. With typical wet springs and falls here in Indianapolis, having a clean gutter is vital to making sure your gutter doesn’t fill up with leaves and other debris. However, many people don’t realize the importance of making sure their gutters are cleaned periodically, especially if they don’t notice or see buildup. After all, what’s the big deal? Today, Leafguard of Indiana covers some basic points about the importance of cleaning your gutters, including what could happen if you don’t clean them regularly, and how often you should make sure your gutter system is taken care of.

Why is cleaning your gutter so important?

While the gutter is a part of your home you probably barely think about, it’s integral to keeping your home secure. Since your gutter controls the flow of rainwater on and around your home, it plays an important role in protecting not only your roof, but also your walls, foundation, and landscape. That’s why experts will tell you that gutters can quickly turn into a homeowner’s worst nightmare without proper maintenance. If you don’t clean your gutters properly, you can quickly find yourself facing many complex and costly issues that you could have easily avoided. Some of these problems include:

  • Leaky, moldy gutters: When you put off cleaning your gutters, you’ll soon find yourself stuck with clogged gutters and downspouts. Leaves, birds’ nests, and other debris build up in your gutters and decompose, This leads to stagnant water collecting in your gutters, which allows dangerous mold to thrive and grow. Mold is a serious health risk. Moldy gutters are especially common during the wetter times of the year here in Indianapolis and cost you a pretty penny to have them thoroughly cleaned.
  • Leaky roofs and basements: Improper maintenance and lack of gutter cleaning will likely cause your roof to leak. Since the collecting water doesn’t have a way to drain away, it will accumulate on your roof. This leads to your shingles soaking up the excess water. Your compromised shingles let the water leak through, causing extensive damage to your roof. If your downspouts are also clogged or don’t drain far enough away from your home, water could end up seeping into your basement. Anything of value in your basement may be ruined or damaged. Plus, your furnace and other basement utilities could be seriously damaged.
  • Animal invasion: Gutters are the perfect breeding place for a host of animals, including insects, birds, rodents, and other creatures. Since these pests often nest in the piling leaves in your gutter, you can find your home invaded with mice, birds, and other pests after a few months. Make sure to call your animal control center immediately in case of an unwanted animal invasion.
  • Driveway damage: When you avoid cleaning your gutters and there’s improper water drainage, the collecting water in your driveway could lead to mold growth during spring, fall, or summer. Besides being expensive to completely remove, mold looks ugly and detracts from your house’s appearance. During winter months, the collecting water can freeze, turning into dangerously slippery ice that could cause potentially serious injuries.

What do the experts recommend?

To avoid these and a host of other easily prevented issues, it’s important to make sure that your gutters are regularly cleaned. But how often should your gutters be cleaned? This is based largely on where you live and on how many trees you have in your yard. The fewer trees you have, the less often you need to clean. That said, the general rule of thumb, no matter your situation, is at least twice a year: once in the late spring or early summer and again in late fall or early winter. It’s important to make sure that all branches and leaves are removed, as well as any other debris. However, if you’re in an area full of trees and vegetation, you should clean your gutter every three to four months.

It’s recommended to have the experts do the cleaning to avoid damage to yourself and to your gutters. Gutters require you climb a ladder, and if the ground isn’t flat or your ladder isn’t stable, this could easily become a tricky job. All it takes is one slip to fall, resulting in serious or possibly even fatal injuries. It’s also important to pay extra attention to all the leaks, mold, and rodents, which could all pose health risks. That’s why Leafguard of Indiana recommends letting the local gutter cleaning specialists do the job quickly and safely. Done properly, you’ll have properly maintained gutters and roofs that will last for a lifetime.

Call Leafguard today to clean your gutters!