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Getting Leaves Out of Gutters

Updated: Mar 20, 2019



Why is gutter cleaning important?


It may be an easy to forget about, but if you want to avoid expensive damage to your home, you won’t neglect your gutters. The purpose of your gutters is to get storm water. Clogged gutters can damage your foundation by allowing water to enter your basement or crawl space, which can lead to mold and other water damage.


If water gets behind your gutters, it can rot out your fascia boards, which in turn puts your gutters at risk of collapse and also provides an opening for animals and more water to find its way into your roof.


This is why it is critical for you to regularly clean your gutters and repair any sagging or broken hangers as soon as you notice them. If you have been neglecting your gutters, you may need to consider completely replacing your gutters depending on the level of damage.


How often should you clean your gutters?


How often gutters need to be cleaned depends on the climate and surrounding landscape. If you live where autumn leaves fall, it's important to clean gutters at least twice a year.


The most important time is in late fall after all or most of the leaves have come down as leaves and twigs cause most clogs in gutters. The other important time to clean your gutters is the spring or early summer as pollen, flower petals and seeds such as maple “helicopters” can build up.


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