Gutters are your best defence against the damage water can cause. Protecting roofs, foundations, internal walls, ceilings, and more.
The consequences of not maintaining your guttering system include flooding, staining, rotting, small insects, and rodents living above you – and let’s face it, no one wants that.
Gutters only work properly when they’re free from leaves and debris, which means it’s vital that you keep them clean.
However, how often should you clean them? What are the main signs to look for that indicate your gutters require cleaning? And what happens when gutters are left to their own devices?
Clear Choice Ltd explores all of these areas and more throughout this post.
Gutter Maintenance Signs
Animals and insects are present
When you spot a mouse scurrying up your drainpipe, or you can hear scratching and noise while you sleep at night, or maybe you have an unusual collection of insets now appearing in your windows, it’s a sure sign your gutters are clogged.
Debris and decomposing leaves are ideal nesting grounds for mice, birds, and insects. Causing considerable problems and being a nuisance, you must clear away the debris ASAP and clean your gutters thoroughly.
If birds are nesting in your gutters, you must call professional teams to come and remove the nests safely.
Water is overflowing
If you have water cascading over the top of your gutters, it’s time to start cleaning!
Water spilling over the sides means the gutter is blocked at some point, and the water can no longer flow freely down the drain pipe into the drains below.
This is a sure-fire sign of when to clean gutters.
The gutter has a sag
If, upon a visual inspection, you notice a slight sag or bend in your gutter, it could be due to the weight of potential debris lying inside or even a build of water, weighing the area down at a certain point.
Debris can be surprisingly heavy, so it’s important to remove it before it becomes too much, causing considerable and costly damage to your gutters.
Stains are beginning to appear
If you notice staining or slight discolouration on your fascias or soffits, this could indicate water damage, most likely caused by a problem with your gutters.
Standing water in your gutters will soon become dirty and stagnant if it has nowhere to go, causing staining issues and an unsightly look to your property.
Plants/weeds are growing
With strong winds and wildlife comes an influx of seeds and other plantations in the air, with some landing in your gutters. A perfect place with water to feed from and daylight to grow, plants and weeds don’t take too long to take form.
If you’re asking yourself, “When is the best time to clean gutters?” it could be when you see weeds sprouting from above.
You have a leak in your roof/Internal walls are damp
Water is coming in from somewhere, and unfortunately, if it has nowhere to go, it is now pooling in your roof or seeping through into your internal walls.
Gutters help to move water away from the property, but they can only do this when they remain unblocked.
Exterior paint damage
Water damage can cause paint (internal and external) to peel, bubble, or chip, so make sure to carry out visual inspections to spot this sign, as leaving it unattended can result in costly repairs.
You haven’t cleaned your gutters in a while
We recommend that you carry out commercial gutter cleaning twice a year, ideally in late spring and then again in Autumn.
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters out in a while, or you can’t remember whether maintenance took place during these seasons, maybe now is a good time to carry out a visual inspection and check your gutters over.
The damage incurred to your property as a result of blocked gutters includes:
- Cracks can form in the property’s foundation
- Mould can appear and grow rapidly due to dirty water lying
- Fascia boards and soffits can become rotten
- Leaks can appear in the roof
- Landscaping around the property and surrounding area can be affected by pools of lying water.
When is the best time to clean your gutters?
Spring and Autumn, and as part of your clean:
Make sure you use the right equipment and cleaning products. You will need the right protective gear if you’re looking to DIY, or you could use the gutter cleaning services of a professional team like Clear Choice.
Clean your downpipes – check that they’re big enough and long enough and if you need more.
Utilise gutter guards – providing an extra level of protection, gutter guards can block debris while still letting water flow through; however, with a range of gutter guards available, choosing the most appropriate one for your system is important.
Reducing the chances of leaks from occurring and looking more aesthetically pleasing, keeping your gutters clean is an essential part of property maintenance.
Commercial Gutter Cleaning
When considering “when is a good time to clean gutters,” also consider working with a professional team.
A team who are fully trained, experienced, and have the right tools and equipment to get the job done effectively and efficiently.
From residential to commercial gutter cleaning services, we help keep your gutters in good working order and in tip-top condition.