How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

Gutter cleaning can be an arduous task, often involving climbing up and down ladders. On top of everything else there is to do around the house, gutter cleaning will sometimes be required multiple times per year. Each house is different, and it is important to know when to clean the gutters on your home to avoid damage.

Why Should I Clean My Gutters?

Gutters are designed to collect water and rain runoff from the roof, and redirect the water away from your house. Depending on the environment around your home, leaves, twigs, and other debris can quickly fill up the gutters on your home. Full gutters and clogged downspouts will hinder the very purpose of the gutters.

Neglecting the gutters for an extended period of time can cause damage to the house due to the weight of the debris and water. In the case with aluminum gutters, the weight can weaken the gutters. Overflowing water can rot fascia and even interior walls and/or ceilings.

Regularly cleaning out the debris and leaves from your gutters also helps prevent birds or rodents from forming nests inside the gutters.

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

It is very common for homeowners to clean the gutters at least once a year in Autumn, when all the leaves fall from surrounding trees. Dry leaves and wet leaves differ in severity, and seeing as we see a lot of rain in the Autumn months in the Lower Mainland, you are more likely to have your gutters full of leaves and rain.

Depending on your surroundings, you might have to clean your gutters more than once a year. For example, if you have fir trees around your home, or if there are spells of strong winds, cleaning the gutters out two to four times per year is recommended. Fir trees shed needles all year and twigs can also accumulate in gutters over the duration of the year.

Should I Clean My Gutters Myself?

Revive Washing is equipped with proper gutter cleaning equipment, such as this gutter cleaning spoon.

As mentioned, there are many tasks and chores to do around the house, and as noted, gutter cleaning is a very important chore which is sometimes required multiple times per year.

But does that necessarily mean homeowners should take charge and clean the gutters themselves?

Professional gutter cleaning companies are equipped with the proper safety equipment and tools to get the job done right. Things like 32- or 40-foot ladders, gutter spoons, gutter vacuums, and harnesses are not typically found in one’s own garage. Keep in mind the safety precautions necessary to clean gutters in the wet months.

Revive Washing specializes in gutter cleaning in the Lower Mainland. We are based in Surrey, BC and have the highest and most ratings on Google. For a free quote, fill out our form here, or give us a call at 604-398-4040. We look forward to cleaning your gutters soon.

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