We all know ignoring your gutters can result in severe and costly consequences to your home. However, we acknowledge that knowing the best time to clean the gutters can be tricky sometimes.
To help, we made this article for you to better understand when to clean your gutters and factors that could alter your gutter-cleaning schedule.
When You Should Get Your Gutters Cleaned
It’s relatively easy to tell when your gutters need cleaning. Your gutters should be able to handle regular periods of rainfall, so if your gutters begin to drip or ultimately overflow, it’s typically a sign that they need to be cleaned. Sometimes you can also note a blockage of water flow in your gutters when you see birds gathered around your roof for a drink.
Generally, gutters should be cleaned at least once yearly. The best time to clean the gutters in the year is during spring and fall and is best done by a professional. While the colors of autumn are beautiful, all those falling leaves are heading to your gutter system!
With that being said, in some cases, gutters need to be cleaned more than once a year. For properties close to trees such as pine and eucalyptus, they tend to experience shedding throughout the year. This occurs especially when the trees are stressed during the summer months.
Having dried leaves in your gutters during summer is a fire hazard, most importantly for properties in bushfire-prone areas, which is enough reason to clean the gutters more often.
Signs to Watch Out For
There few signs that you can be on the lookout for that indicates the need to get your gutters cleaned.
If you frequently hear the chirping and rustling of animals in your gutters, you should inspect it as it is very likely that your gutters need cleaning.
Likewise, when you notice pools of water on your driveway or in your yard, it tells you something is wrong up there. Also, if you feel as though you are getting raindrops on you when you walk beneath the gutters, you’re definitely due for a cleaning.
Another Vital Time to Clean Your Gutters
You should consider getting your gutters cleaned immediately after a snow or ice storm, or even if there’s a heavy downpour when the temperature is near-freezing.
You would not want water to freeze in your gutters, turning into ice that can immediately put a lot of extra weight on them. Plus, heavy snowstorms are likely to knock off lots of leaves and twigs that end up in your gutters.
The placement of trees in relation to your gutters also matters a lot. That tree in the yard or on the lawn may look beautiful, but if its branches are dangling above your gutters, you have to do something about it, don’t you?
As earlier mentioned, you should schedule a yearly clean-up for your gutters and play safe and call in the experts when in doubt.
Hopefully, this article has helped you to better understand the best times to get your gutters cleaned. And while it is common to try the DIY approach in gutter cleaning, it is safer and best to hire professionals.