Many people don’t include their gutters in their house cleaning routines, but if not properly maintained, gutters can misdirect the flow of water and cause damage to your home’s walls, basement, and foundation. Nonetheless, it is hard to remember to clean your gutters. Unlike your doorstep or the kitchen sink, gutters are out of sight and therefore out of mind. Some homeowners don’t clean their gutters until the problem grows apparent, and by then, it is usually too late.
Signs You Definitely Need Your Gutters Cleaned
If you notice any of the following signs, contact a gutter cleaning service provider immediately. If not cleaned, your gutters can cause damage to your home and grow in need of repair or replacement. The price for a gutter installation is far more than a gutter cleaning, so watch for these signs.
- Animal Nests. If you notice squirrels or birds nesting in your gutters, then you know they are ineffective. If debris and foliage builds up over time, animals such as squirrels, mice, and birds may take refuge and build nests in your gutter. This added debris not only makes water drainage nearly impossible, but also adds unnecessary weight and stress to the structure.
- Plant Growth. While you can use old gutters to make a garden, plant growth in your current gutters is not a good sign. The build-up of sediment will restrict and misdirect rainwater flow. The weight of the plant and soil will put a strain on the gutter and, along with the plants roots cause, irreparable damage.
- Spillover. If during a rainstorm, heavy water spills over the side of the gutters like a waterfall, then you know there is a major blockage in your gutter system. This spillover can ruin your house’s foundation and cause damage to your basement. A cleaning may be enough to fix this issue and prevent further damage.
- Sagging gutters. If your gutters are sagging or bending away from the house, they need to be cleaned and, most likely, repaired. If foliage and sediment builds up too much over time, the weight will bend your gutters, causing them to sag. If caught quickly, the gutter system can be cleared of debris and repaired, but if left unmaintained, you may need a new gutter installation.
When To Clean Your Gutters
Take a look at the trees around your house and keep an eye out for when they drop their foliage. If you have pine trees overhanging your home, you may need to clean your gutters more frequently, because pines shed their needles almost continuously throughout the year.
We suggest having your gutters cleaned twice a year: in late spring and late fall. When planning to clean your gutters in the spring, wait until after the pollen season when the trees’ flowers and seed pellets drop to the ground. In the fall, it is best to clean your gutters after all of the trees have lost their leaves. For Connecticut homeowners, this usually means late November.
For gutter cleanings, repairs, and installations, call Connecticut Gutter & Exteriors at 203-878-2411.