The reason for selecting late fall and late spring to do a full cleaning of your gutters is to allow for leaves and pollen to drop. As with most clean-up jobs its best to let all the debris gather before starting a cleaning so you don’t have to keep climbing up to the roof to get at a bunch of leaves that just fell in the week since you cleaned your gutter system. By late October or early November most of the leaves in Connecticut and New York will have fallen so you can clean your gutters knowing the majority of common debris has already accumulated. The same holds true for pollen and the spring. By June most of the pollen will have already fallen and you can get all the debris cleared from your gutter channels and downspouts in one sweep.
While these are the recommended times for cleaning residential and commercial gutters don’t hesitate to perform spot cleanings should you suspect something is clogging the system. Throughout the year any number of things can get caught in a gutter and if you notice leaking or overflowing during heavy rain make a point to inspect your gutters for any clogs. For annual cleanings you may want to contract a professional gutter cleaning company to ensure the system is fully cleaned and inspected. For DIY cleaning you can use a pair of strong work gloves and scoop out the gutters by hand and then use a leaf blower to catch any remnants.