The importance of regularly cleaning your gutters should not be underestimated. Without proper maintenance your guttering may become prone to leaking and this in turn will cause water damage to your home. Depending on the extent of this damage, the repair costs may run into thousands of pounds. Once the guttering starts to overflow, it is time to have them cleaned or repaired quickly. You might be thinking right now; “I clean my gutters every year so what do I have to worry about” but the truth is most gutters need cleaned 2 to 3 times a year.
The cleaning of your gutters should coincide with the changes of season, as differing vegetation debris will be in the air depending on the time of year. This vegetation can easily cause a gutter to become blocked in a matter of weeks, making it very important to clean your gutter regularly. During springtime trees and plant-life shed seeds as part of their natural reproductive cycle and the volume of seeds dispersed depends on the species of tree. During this period your gutters can easily become clogged and this can occur rapidly if you live near a wooded area.
Wintertime brings a totally different menace, the snow. Even without snowfall, ice can cause stress to your guttering, as it tries to cope with the extra weight which it is not designed to support. Calling a professional in time to resolve this issue, will help you avoid hefty gutter replacement bills which would inevitably follow.
Summertime will expose your gutters to heavy storms, during which gallons of water can fall in a few minutes. Your guttering will be able to withstand this sort of pressure without any issues but only if the pipes are free of debris. Autumn brings yet more vegetation debris but this time it is in the form of falling leaves. Tree species with larger leaf spans can be hazardous to your gutters, with fast-decaying types of leaves being the most obtrusive.
You should at the very least have your gutters inspected on a quarterly basis, as this will help safeguard your gutters from extensive damage. It is important to be proactive with gutter maintenance, as a reactive approach may prove to be too little too late.