Ahh the smell of rain – it’s a fresh, clean smell that leaves you with that peaceful, easy feeling – until you suddenly notice the abundance of water pouring over your gutters. Wait, isn’t rain supposed to flow through a gutter?
Well, that’s probably not the best time to realize that your gutters need cleaned out. Leaky gutters are responsible for many damaged roofs, landscapes and foundations. That’s because when the gutters are clogged, they can cause the roof to leak or cause damage to the exterior or interior of your home.
Other issues caused by jammed up gutters include:
– Bee hives
How often should you clean your gutters
Ideally gutters should be cleaned out twice a year, logic dictates that spring and fall are the best times, depending upon where you live. In the fall, you should have them cleaned after all, or most, of the leaves have fallen – unless you know they are in dire need already. In the springtime, consider waiting until all of the trees have bloomed their leaves and dropped those pesky helicopters.
You should also consider having your downspouts cleaned by a professional, and It would make sense to hire the same professional to clean your gutters as well.
Maintaining your gutters
Maintaining your gutters is equally important or they won’t be able to work to their capacity. You should inspect your gutters annually for the following signs:
– Bubbling paint
– Stains under the eaves
– Examine the wood underneath the lowest roof tiles for signs of moisture damage
Check the flow of your gutters as well and if any leaks are present, get them fixed immediately. Also, check that they are still fastened properly and still maintain the proper angle for a good flow of water. Look for pooled up water, that will indicate there is a blockage, deterioration or bad angle. Consider installing leaf screens to prevent leaves from infiltrating your gutters.
DIY or Professional Clean?
While cleaning the gutters can be done by virtually any adult, it can be difficult and sometimes dangerous. Thousands of injuries occur each year due to ladder use in or around the home.
The cost of professional gutter cleaning depends on the gutter’s length, scope of work and the height of the home. Gutter cleaning companies generally charge a flat rate base on each foot of gutter on the home. Before hiring someone to clean your gutters, ask for proof that they carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for their employees that will be doing the job.
For a free gutter inspection, contact Patriot Roofing – Draper Home Service’s recommended roofing provider.