While it is easy to assume that gutter cleanings can be done on a case by case basis whenever they happen to get clogged, home care professionals agree that this kind of gutter maintenance philosophy can actually end up doing serious damage to the exterior of your home over time. If not cleaned regularly, buildup in the gutters can cause water to seep up under the roof and shingle, causing them to warp, or down under the siding where it can cause rot and mold growth.
So how regularly should you have your gutters cleaned? The general consensus by homeowners and maintenance technicians alike is twice a year — once in the spring, and once in the fall. Gutter cleanings should also include a thorough flushing of the system by a professional, which ensures they can be inspected for any leaks or other damage during the cleaning and often free of charge. The good news is that routine maintenance like gutter cleanings are quite inexpensive, especially considering the hefty preventative work they do and the potential cost of replacing damaged shingles or siding.
Why in the spring and the fall, you may ask? Spring often brings with it a healthy dose of rain, so having your gutters cleaned in anticipation is one of the best things you can do to protect your home from any weather damage. The fall, while usually a bit lighter on the precipitation, is ripe with materials that can clog your gutter system; everything from leaves to hibernating insects to other debris are in abundance, so clearing your gutters after leaves have fallen is a wise choice.