Cleaning out the gutters isn’t a fun job, but it’s one you want to take seriously because neglecting the task can put your home at risk of suffering significant and costly water damage. The key is in knowing the best time to clean your gutters throughout the year, so you can prevent clogged downspouts from occurring.
When to Clean Your Gutters
In this guide, you’ll learn when to clean the gutters, why it’s so important to do it, and the safest way to do the job. Learn more about keeping your gutters & your home in top condition.
Gutter Cleaning Schedule
Every home will have its own gutter-cleaning schedule because every home’s location is unique. Some homes have a lot of trees, whereas others may not have any located nearby. For example, a home with trees overhanging the roof will need to have its gutters cleaned much more frequently than a home with little to no trees around it.
In the fall, it is important to start cleaning the gutters when the leaves begin to fall. Leaves and twigs can quickly clog up a downspout, and it doesn’t take a lot of material to do it. But fall isn’t the only time you want to clean your gutters. Any time of year, twigs and other debris can make their way into your gutters, especially after a strong storm.
So, clean the gutters often in the fall, but don’t disregard them the rest of the year. Make a habit of getting on the ladder after strong storms, or any time you don’t think your gutters are performing as they should to see if the channel is clear. The risks are too high not to do it.
Safety Tips for Cleaning Gutters
Cleaning the gutters can be a dangerous job if you don’t take the proper safety precautions. If you’re afraid of heights or not comfortable on a ladder, then this is a job you may want to hire a professional to do for you. But if you want to do them yourself, then here are some safety tips to help ensure you reduce your risk of injury.
- Use a good quality ladder
- Inspect the ladder before you use it – every time
- Have someone hold the ladder steady while you’re on it
- Keep both feet and one hand on the ladder at all times
- Inspect the gutters before you start to ensure no animals or insects have nested inside them
- Wear eye protection and gloves when cleaning the gutters
Why You Need to Keep Your Gutters Clean
Keeping the gutters clean is one of the most important chores a homeowner has because clogged downspouts can pose so many problems. When gutters don’t get cleaned regularly, rainwater will collect and have nowhere else to go but inside the home where it can cause an incredible amount of damage. The excess moisture also gives mold and mildew an ideal breeding ground, and it attracts insects and rodents, as well.
Should the home suffer water damage, mold growth and/or an insect infestation, the costs of remedying these issues can easily reach into the thousands of dollars. Think of all that expense and trouble – just for avoiding a job that takes just a couple hours to complete!
Learn More about the Thompson Creek Gutter System
If you’re tired of having to clean your gutters every fall, then maybe it’s time you had a new gutter system installed. Thompson Creek’s gutter system is specially designed to keep debris out of the gutters while allowing water in. Its unique hood allows leaves, twigs, and other downspout-clogging detritus to slide right over the gutter instead of into it.
With the fall season here, now is the perfect time to have your new gutter system installed. To learn more about our revolutionary hooded gutter system or to get a free estimate for installation, contact Thompson Creek today.