Is gutter cleaning a thing?
While they may get overlooked more often than not, your gutters are integral to your property’s well being. Gutters prevent rainwater from seeping into your roof, walls, foundation, and the landscape surrounding your home. There are plenty of organic and inorganic materials that can get lodged inside of your gutter. When excess debris stops the natural flow of water, it puts a major strain on the system. Cleaning your gutters annually or bi-annually is essential to keep leaves, dirt, tree particles, and living creatures out of your gutters.
How often do I need to clean my gutters?
It depends where you live, and how many trees you have surrounding your home, but in most cases, homeowners need to clean their gutters two times per year. Usually, it’s done in the fall and spring. Maintaining your gutters will help avoid damages, leaks in your home, and keep the integrity of your home intact.
What will I find hidden in my gutters?
You may be surprised what you’ll find in uncleaned gutters. Spoiler alert: It’s not just soggy leaves! Did you know that small rodents like mice and rats would love to set up their nest in a dirty, clogged gutter? The pesky creatures could potentially cause damage to your roof and create a health risk to you and your family. Another common finding when cleaning out gutters are toys. Keep in mind that dirty gutters are also a breeding ground for insects. These creepy crawlers love a muddy, wet, leaf-filled trough to make their own. If you have kids or grandkids around the house, expect small toys, or balls getting stuck from time to time in the gutters. These toys can’t be seen from the ground, making them the perfect culprit to clog the gutter.