Gutters are designed to direct water away from a house. If they become clogged with leaves, pine needles, or other debris or become home to animals, water cannot flow freely. This can cause water to become backed up or flow over the sides of the gutters and can lead to a damaged roof, siding, foundation, or landscaping. Organic matter and moisture can lead to the growth of mold, which can cause further clogging of the gutters.
You can prevent these problems by cleaning your gutters regularly. The frequency will depend on your individual situation. Gutter contractors generally recommend cleaning gutters twice a year, but you may need to do so more often if you have trees near your house, especially pine trees, since they tend to shed a lot of needles.
Gutters should generally be cleaned in the fall and spring. In the fall, the leaves will probably be dry and fairly easy to remove. Getting leaves out of your gutters in the fall means that when it snows, water will be able to flow down the downspout and not accumulate in the gutter. Backed-up water can freeze and form ice dams, which can damage your roof. Cleaning your gutters in the spring will prepare them for the heavy rains that are typical of that season.
Cleaning your gutters in spring and fall is also a good idea because the weather tends to be moderate at those times. If you cleaned them in the summer, you would be uncomfortably hot, and in the winter there might be snow and ice on the ground that could make working on a ladder dangerous.
When you clean your gutters, inspect them for signs of rust, sagging, or holes. Loose gutters can be re-fixed to the roof, but rusted or broken gutters will probably need to be replaced.
If you are not comfortable cleaning your gutters yourself, or if you need to have your gutters replaced, contact CT Gutter. We have the experience and expertise to clean your gutters and install new ones to protect your home from damage.