When Should You Clean Gutters?
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When Should You Clean Gutters?

Clean your gutters at least twice a year to extend longevity
Read Time: 2 min
Mar 2, 2022

Cleaning your gutters regularly is important to not only protect your home but also to make sure that your gutters last as long as they possibly can. On top of that, keeping your gutters clean improves the appearance of your home and affects its curb appeal. For these reasons, it’s important to know when you should clean your gutters.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

You should clean your gutters twice a year.

If there is perfect weather all year, you should still clean your gutters twice a year at the minimum. You may need to clean your gutters more frequently if you live in an area with a lot of trees that may shed leaves onto your roof. If there are a lot of trees that drop leaves, needles, or other debris onto your house, then you may want to increase the frequency of gutter cleanings to every three months.

When Should You Clean Your Gutters?

Gutters should be cleaned at regular intervals as well as after storms.

It’s also important to clean your gutters after major weather events. Rain and storms can cause debris to fall off of nearby trees and into your gutters more quickly than it would do on its own. This is especially true if you live in Florida or another state that frequently experiences hurricanes. The high-speed winds from these storms can deposit a lot of debris onto your roof and into your gutters.

You should inspect your gutters after a storm, hurricane, or another major weather event to see if they need to be cleaned and to check for damage. Debris can build up in your gutters and clog them if you don’t keep them clean.

What Time of Year Should You Clean Your Gutters

Man cleaning gutters on ladder

The best times of year for cleaning your gutters are during the spring and fall months.

The best time of year to clean your gutters is in the spring and the fall. It’s most important to clean your gutters out in the fall after the leaves on the trees close to your house have fallen. That way you can clear out any debris that has accumulated throughout the fall. It’s also a good idea to clean your gutters again in spring so that you can start the spring rainy season with clean gutters.

Why Do Gutters Need to Be Cleaned?

Gutters need to be cleaned to avoid clogging.

If you allow leaves and other debris to build up in your gutters, they will clog much more easily. Clogged gutters don’t work as well at directing rain away from your home. Water can end up pooling near the base of your home or in the gutters themselves. If water pools in your gutters, they may pull away from the house or experience other damage resulting in a necessary replacement.

If water pools underneath the gutters at the base of your home, then the water can seep into your foundations and cause water damage inside the home. Even if that doesn’t happen, standing water is an ideal breeding ground for insects and other pests, both in the gutters and on the ground. Keeping your gutters clean can help to prevent this from happening.

Should You Clean Your Gutters Yourself?

You can clean gutters yourself or hire a professional.

Many homeowners clean their gutters themselves. However, that’s not the only option. Some homeowners install leaf guards or gutters guards to prevent leaves and debris from entering the gutters. This can gut down on the frequency that gutter cleanings are needed. Another option is to hire a professional to clean your gutters for you.

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