Best Time of Year to Clean Your Gutters
You likely don’t give much thought to your gutters on a daily basis, but now is the time of year that you should. Thanks to all the falling leaves, twigs and acorns from the fall, your gutters are becoming clogged by the day. When this happens, water flow is restricted and can cause backups. Your gutters get heavy and can actually start pulling away from the home. Ice dams can develop now that the weather is cold enough for freezing temps.
Gutters aren’t there just to provide an aesthetically-pleasing accent for your home; they provide a critical service that keeps your roofs, siding and structural foundations in check. A clear gutter system will divert rain fall away from your home so it can’t pool at the foundation. When gutters get clogged, they can also cause streaking and staining, as well as rotting that can detract from your curb appeal and the health of your home. You’ll end up spending a lot of money on repairs that you wouldn’t otherwise had to if you had just cleaned out your gutters.
Clogged gutters attract critters like squirrels and birds that may very likely decide to build a nest in there. On top of all that, the presence of organic matter and water can cause mold to form.
Optimal Gutter Cleaning Timing
That being said, late fall is an excellent time to do this. You may think it’s a chore you can easily do, and maybe it is if you have the proper equipment, friends to help, and just a one-story home. If you don’t, you should call a professional. It’s too easy to fall off a ladder or the roof! So, if you see that your gutters are starting to drip or overflow, or you spot pooling water, call Clearview Washing. Waiting until the snow comes will only cause bigger problems later on.
The timing of your gutter cleaning project can prolong the life of your gutters and home, as well as prevent further damage. Ideally, you should have your gutters cleaned twice per year: once in spring and once in fall. In fall, you’ll find that the leaves are still relatively dry and therefore easier to remove. Wait any longer and they’ll become sodden with rain and will freeze together in clumps when the temperatures dip down. Removing leaves in fall will allow for water to smoothly navigate through the gutter system. The weather is still relatively mild – cool but not hot – so the job can go smoothly.
Attempting this in the dead of summer not only makes you very uncomfortable due to the high temperatures, you’ll also encounter bugs and critters who have made the warm confines of your gutter home.
Your safest bet is to call a professional in the fall to schedule your appointment rather than tackle this yourself. First, do you really want to waste a Saturday up on a ladder? And second, gutter cleaning professionals can do this task safely and quickly with minimal risk for safety and incidental damage. They can also help you save money by providing helpful feedback on how to avoid leaf buildup in the future and identify any problem areas that should be addressed.
Make your gutter cleaning appointment with Clearview Washing today at 732-462-1187.