Keeping your gutters cleaned out is the first line of defense against more serious gutter problems. Regularly cleaning out your gutters will help them to reach their full lifespan of 20-30 years. Gutter cleaning should be done by hand and is most effective when left to professionals. They will be able to see areas of concern that most homeowners won’t notice.
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Signs Your Gutters Need to be Cleaned
Some homeowners don’t realize the warning signs that they need a gutter cleaning. Some less obvious signs are areas of your yard with pooling or standing water; this may indicate problems with your gutter downspout. More obvious signs are visible debris in the gutter, water overflowing from the gutter instead of draining to the downspout or no water flowing from the downspout. These issues all suggest its time for a gutter cleaning. Catching these concerns early will help avoid more serious problems with your gutters down the road.
When to Clean Your Gutters
While anytime you see a concern is a good time to clean out the gutters, most companies recommend regular gutter cleaning in the spring and fall. Spring can bring heavy rains. You want to make sure your gutters are clear and ready to handle that rain before it’s too late. In the fall, leaves can clog your gutters quickly. If you live in an area with a large amount of foliage, it is recommended to do a good gutter cleaning as the leaves begin to fall. As the leaves continue falling, you can do quick clean outs of the leaves and debris until the trees are bare.
How to Clean Your Gutters
Cleaning out the gutters is a job that a lot of homeowners choose to do on their own. While most gutter companies recommend hiring professionals for the job, there are some tips for the determined homeowner. Following ladder safety is crucial when cleaning out your gutters. You will be spending hours on it. Make sure your ladder is properly adhered to the house. Once you are up on the ladder you want to be careful to not overreach yourself. You will clean the area immediately accessible to you only. Rule of thumb- keep your hips between the ladder. While you can buy tools to help push the debris out, most recommend doing it by hand. After you’ve gotten all the gunk our, flush your gutters with a hose. Watch how the water drains, especially through the downspouts. You don’t want to leave any debris in the gutter.
Gutter Cleaning Membership
Cleaning out your gutters is a dirty, tough job. Not to mention it takes your entire Saturday. Taking these factors into consideration, you might look into hiring a professional gutter company to do the cleaning for you. They will schedule you twice a year, and will come with a team to do all the work for you. They will be able to let you know of any other problems they see with your gutters. This helps you stay on top of gutter maintenance.