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May 10, 2024

How Often Do You Need a Gutter Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Clogged gutters are a homeowner's headache. Overflowing water can damage siding, landscaping, even your foundation – undoing all your hard work at keeping your Rochester home in top shape! But how often do you really need to climb that ladder and get dirty to prevent these problems?

At High Falls Property Care, we get asked about gutter cleaning all the time. Gutters are easy to overlook, but regular maintenance saves you from unexpected emergencies and costly repairs down the line. Let's dive into how often you should clean your gutters, and why neglecting them is a bad idea.

The Importance of Clean Gutters

Your gutter system plays a crucial but often underappreciated role in protecting your home. Here's why gutter cleaning matters:

  • Roof Protection: Gutters channel water away from your roof – preventing leaks, rot, and damage to shingles or fascia boards.
  • Foundation Safeguard: By moving water away from your home's perimeter, gutters help prevent basement flooding and costly foundation problems.
  • Siding Defense: Overflowing gutters drench your siding, leading to mold, staining, and potential rot.
  • Pest Deterrent: Clogged gutters are prime breeding grounds for insects and pests, creating health risks and a potential entry point into your home.
  • Boosting Curb Appeal Clear, functioning gutters contribute to a neat and well-maintained appearance, enhancing your home's overall value.

So, How Often Should YOU Clean Your Gutters?

There is no single answer for every Rochester home. Here's the breakdown:

  • The Minimum: At the absolute bare minimum, clean your gutters twice a year – once in late spring after most of the spring debris has fallen and again in late fall when most leaves are down.
  • Pine Trees Up the Ante: If you have pine trees near your home, you'll likely need a gutter cleaning more frequently, about every three months. Pine needles shed year-round and clog gutters quickly.
  • Lots of Surrounding Trees: Homes with an abundance of overhanging trees, regardless of the type, will naturally have more leaves, seeds, and debris collecting in their gutters. More frequent cleaning is vital in these situations.
  • Recent Storms: After severe storms that bring down extra branches and debris, it's a good idea to check your gutters, even if you recently cleaned them.

Signs Your Gutters Need Cleaning (Outside of Your Schedule)

Keep an eye out for these red flags, indicating you might need a gutter cleaning sooner than scheduled:

  • Water overflowing during rain: This is the most obvious sign of clogged gutters.
  • Stains on your siding: Water cascading over the gutter edges creates streaks and stains.
  • Nesting birds or pests: Clumps of leaves are cozy nesting spots for unwanted visitors!
  • Plants sprouting from your gutters: Yes, seeds take root in gutters, a sure sign yours are full of debris.

DIY Gutter Cleaning or Hire a Professional?

Gutter cleaning is doable yourself, but there are pros and cons:

  • DIY Pros: Cost savings, ability to do it on your own schedule.
  • DIY Cons Ladder risks, it's messy, potentially missing hidden damage.
  • Professional Pros: Safety, thorough cleaning, pros also inspect for leaks or damage, saving you surprises.

Trust High Falls Property Care for Your Gutter Needs

Don't let clogged gutters wreak havoc on your Rochester home. We offer:

  • Reliable Gutter Cleaning: We'll get the gunk out and make sure your gutters flow freely.
  • Gutter Guard Options: Ask us about gutter guard solutions to reduce how often you need cleaning.
  • and other Property Care Services!

Get Ahead of Your Gutter and Property Problems – Contact Us for a Free Estimate Today!

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