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Joel Estrada

Oscar A and Brayan did a great job in cleaning my gutters and nailing any loose nails.

Colin Hendricks

Thomas and Oscar B. were prompt and efficient. Thanks!

Sharon Coan

Thomas and Oscar B were very helpful!!


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Tyler Barnes-Wolf

I would highly recommend Advantage Pro Services. Jennifer came out to the house, quoted, and scheduled promptly. On the day of installation, Oscar A and Brayan were on time, communicated well, and did great work. The new gutters look wonderful! Highly recommend!

Jose Martinez

Great service by Tomas and Oscar B. Very professional and efficient. Will use again.

KS Wilson

Don and Luis were our technicians this morning and they did an excellent job while providing fast and thorough job!

Jeff Perryman

Ernesto, Leo and Frankie did an excellent job!

Satara Henry

Oscar A and Brayan did an awesome job. They showed up on time, my gutters are beautiful and they kept me updated! Excellent customer service.

Louise Crawford-Gately

Oscar A, Erick and Hector were great! They cleaned and put protection on my gutters in a timely manner and cleaned up beautifully. Good communication.


Tomas, Frankie and William did a great job today at my home. They were on time professional and the work is excellent. Highly recommend!

Edmond Haapaniemi

Cleaned the exterior to my satisfaction.

Article by Michael A / October 26th, 2022

How Often Should Gutters Be Cleaned?

Owning a home is rewarding, and at times, overwhelming. If you’re coming into homeownership from a rental situation, it might seem like there is always maintenance somewhere within your home that needs your attention. 

According to research, the average insurance claim to repair water damage stands at $11,605. While gutters might not be the first thing on your mind when you think about water damage, they play a crucial role in keeping your property in protecting your home from it.

Gutters channel water away from your home, preventing rain and melting snow from seeping into your foundation or causing flooding in your basement. They also prevent water damage to your landscaping, siding, and gutters themselves. Now, the question is — how often should you clean your gutters to prevent all of this water damage?

The answer, unfortunately, is not as simple as a straight “yes” or “no.” Depending on the climate you live in, the number of trees near your home, and other factors, you might need to clean your gutters anywhere from once a year to several times per year. In general, though, you should aim to clean your gutters at least twice a year — once in the spring and once in the fall. That said, here is everything you need to know about how often to clean your gutters.

While most homeowners typically have an ongoing to-do list, the good news is, most of these tasks are not difficult, and in many cases, there are professionals available to take care of them for you. Proper gutter maintenance is a significant part of keeping your home in working order. If you’ve ever wondered how often to clean your gutters, we can assure you, you’re not alone.

The Purpose of Gutters

Gutters are essential to the structural soundness of your home. The purpose behind gutters is to route storm and rainwater off of your roof and away from the foundation of your home. 

Without gutters in place, the water that runs off your roof from rainstorms and melting snow can easily build up around the foundation of your home. Over time, this moisture can sink into the foundation, causing water damage and a possible overhaul of your foundation. 

Fixing water damage caused by a lack of gutters to your foundation is much more costly than installing and keeping your gutters clean. Since most of our clients already have gutters installed, many of them ask us: “when should I clean my gutters?”

How Often to Clean Your Gutters

Nobody wants to clean gutters. It’s a simple task, and it can be tedious, though it’s well worth the time and effort to prevent decay and damage to your home’s exterior and, in some cases interior, of your home. 

In general, we recommend cleaning your gutters, whether you do it yourself or have it done professionally, twice per year. We typically find ourselves cleaning gutters for repeat clients in the late spring and early winter. 

However, a few factors come into play regarding the number of times you should clean your gutters yearly.

Factors to Consider When Deciding How Often to Clean Your Gutters

The frequency with which you need to clean them will depend on several factors. The thing is, your gutters don’t just need to be cleared of leaves and debris – they also need to be inspected for damage, leaks, and other potential problems. Here are the main factors you should consider when deciding how often to clean your gutters:

The type of climate you live in: If you live in an area with a lot of trees, you’ll need to clean your gutters more often than if you live in a desert climate. That’s because falling leaves and branches can quickly clog up your gutters, preventing them from doing their job. If you live in an area with severe weather conditions, such as high winds, you might also need to clean your gutters more often to prevent damage.

The number of trees near your home: Even if you live in a desert climate, if you have a lot of trees near your home, you’ll need to clean your gutters more often. If you have just a few trees, you might be able to get away with cleaning your gutters only once or twice a year.

The type of roof you have: The type of roof you have will also affect how often you need to clean your gutters. If you have a shingled roof, for example, you might need to clean your gutters more often than if you have a metal roof. That’s because shingles can break off and fall into your gutters, causing clogs.

The type of gutters you have: The type of gutters you have will also affect how often you need to clean them. If you have seamless gutters, for example, you might be able to get away with cleaning them only once or twice a year. Seamless gutters are less likely to leak and are easier to clean than traditional gutters. If you have standard gutters, for example, you’ll need to clean them more often than someone who has leaf guards or other types of gutter protection.

Your home’s architecture: The architecture of your home will also affect how often you need to clean your gutters. If your home has a lot of corners and eaves, for example, you’ll need to clean your gutters more often than if it has a simple roofline. That’s because debris can build up in these areas, causing clogs.

Check All Safety Gear Before Starting

Climbing a ladder to clean your gutters is inherently dangerous. In addition, you’ll be dealing with sharp objects (leaves and twigs) and potentially harmful chemicals (mold and mildew). That’s why it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary safety gear before starting. This includes:

  • A ladder
  • Climbing safety gear (harness, etc.)
  • Protective clothing (gloves, goggles, etc.)
  • Long-sleeve shirt
  • Non-slip boots

Depending on the height you’re dealing with, you may need a fall restriction or safety harness. You see, accident falls happen to be one of the most common hazards, with over 800,000 people hospitalized per year due to fall injuries.

Work With a Spotter

If you have somebody available to help, it’s always best to have a spotter when working with heights. The spotter can provide stable footing for the ladder and also hand up any tools or supplies needed. If you don’t have anybody available to help, then take extra care when placing and climbing the ladder.

When cleaning the gutters, it’s important to avoid overreaching. This is because leaning too far to one side can cause the ladder to tip over. If you must lean to reach a specific area, always do so from the center of the ladder and not from the top or bottom rungs.

Gutter Condition

Consider the age of your gutters, as well as their general condition. If your gutters are brand new and in perfect working order, you’ll likely have to clean them less than you would older gutters that need replacement. Here are a few ways to tell if it’s time to install new gutters:

  • Numerous rust spots, cracks, and holes
  • Missing nails and screws that you may find on the ground
  • Broken fasteners
  • Gutters visibly pulling away from the roof
  • Sagging
  • Peeling exterior paint

Put the Debris and Gunk in a Bucket

To make the cleaning process easier, have a bucket on hand to collect all the debris and gunk as you go. This will also help reduce the mess and make it easier to dispose of the waste properly when you’re finished.

If your gutters are only lightly clogged, then you might be able to flush out the debris with a garden hose. First, remove as much of the debris as possible by hand or with a small scoop. Next, attach a water nozzle to the end of the hose and turn on the water.

Use a Gutter Scoop for Deeper Clogs

If your gutters are significantly clogged, you might need to use a gutter scoop to remove the debris. A gutter scoop is a long-handled tool that looks like a giant dustpan. It’s specifically designed to reach deep into gutters and remove debris. You also want to clean the downspouts at this point to ensure water can flow freely through them.

Test the Gutters

Once you’ve cleared all the debris from the gutters, it’s a good idea to test them out with a garden hose. This will help ensure that they are draining properly. If you notice any issues, then make sure to address them before calling it quits.

Treat Mold and Mildew

If you notice any mold or mildew growing on your gutters, then it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Mix equal parts water and bleach in a spray bottle. Then, simply spray the solution onto the affected areas and let it sit for about 30 minutes. After that, rinse the area with clean water.

Inspect and Repair Any Damage

After cleaning the gutters, inspect them for any cracks, holes, or other signs of wear and tear. If you find any damage, then make sure to repair it as soon as possible. Check for any leaks during this process and seal them with rubber or silicone caulk. Depending on the severity of the damage, you might be able to do the repairs yourself, or you might need to call in a professional.

Important things to note about Gutter Cleaning

Trees and Foliage

Foliage can be a major thorn in the side of homeowners regarding how often to clean gutters. If you have a lot of trees around your home, chances are you’ll want to clean your gutters more often than twice per year. 

Instead, try cleaning once every two to three months, so you can efficiently remove the leaves and debris that could clog up your gutters, especially in the fall! We encourage you to pay close attention in the winter months as well. Pine trees are notorious for blocking up gutters, as they’re constantly shedding needles at what seems like an exponential rate. 

Gutter Protection System

Some houses have a gutter protection system, also known as gutter guards or screens, while others do not. Gutter guards do keep gutters cleaner overall, but this does not mean your gutters won’t require routine cleaning. 

Gutter guards perform well concerning keeping large pieces of debris and foliage out of your gutter system, but smaller amounts can make their way through. Also, keep in mind that more prominent foliage may sit on top of your gutter guard, causing the gutter to malfunction. 

If you have a gutter protection system in place, check on it often so you don’t have any surprises pop up. It would be best if you cleaned gutters with guards or screens at least twice per year, but they may only require annual cleaning depending on other factors.

Surrounding Wildlife

Critters like squirrels and chipmunks have plugged up gutters in the same fashion as trees and foliage. The only difference is that they’ll safely place acorns and other food items instead of leaves. 

Birds drop sticks and various nest-making materials in gutters, and on occasion, our feathered friends will build their nests right inside them! If you live somewhere where the wildlife is plentiful, you will need to check your gutters often and have them cleaned at least twice each year. 

Seasonal Weather Cycles

Weather is a significant contributor to how often you’ll have to clean your gutters. From areas with heavy rainfall to places that see an abundance of snow and ice, it’s crucial to stay on top of your gutter maintenance in these climates. 

Ice is skilled at rendering gutters utterly useless unless removed right away, while copious amounts of rainfall can be just as detrimental. To ensure things keep running smoothly and consistently direct water away from your home, you’ll want to have an excellent working knowledge of how often your gutters need cleaning. 

The Consequences of Ignoring Routine Gutter Cleaning

Though it can be tempting, ignoring the task of routine gutter cleaning can come with substantial consequences. Gutter maintenance can be easy to forget and ignore until you’re unexpectedly faced with moisture inside your home, cracked or peeling paint, and foundation issues. 

Costly damage repair and the possible complete replacement of your gutters are imminent if you ignore your gutters. However, knowing the weight of the consequences of gutter neglect often helps homeowners remember to check their gutters and, if necessary, schedule a professional cleaning. 

Damaged Gutters and Downspouts

The weight of the debris in your gutters can cause them to sag and pull away from your home. In addition, the water that overflows from your gutters can damage your downspouts and cause them to pull away from your home. Ignoring these problems will only worsen them and eventually lead to expensive repairs.

Driveway Destruction

Water under your driveway is just as detrimental as water underneath your crawlspace or foundation. As the water builds, shifting will undoubtedly occur, causing possible damage to your walkways, vehicles and presenting a tripping hazard. 

Basement Flooding

Clogged gutters overflow, and since that water needs somewhere to go, it will end up running down the side of your home and into your basement. An effective gutter system is one of the absolute best ways to avoid basement flooding, and to be effective, they must be clean.

Damaged Landscaping

If the water overflowing from your gutters isn’t able to drain away from your foundation, it can saturate the ground around your home. This can damage your landscaping and lead to a host of other problems, such as:

  • Erosion
  • Mudslides
  • Sinkholes
  • Foundation problems

Unwanted Pests, Bugs & Other Critters

Clogged gutters provide the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes and other pests. In addition, they offer a safe haven for rodents like mice and rats. These pests can quickly become a nuisance and can carry diseases. In addition, they can cause damage to your gutters and home if they build nests in your gutters or get inside your house.

Foundation Issues

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons to keep your gutters spic and span, foundation issues are prominent when gutter maintenance is lacking. It doesn’t matter if you have a traditional basement, a crawlspace, or if your home sits on a concrete slab; water will cause considerable damage. 

When the clay, dirt, or sand that sits under and around your foundation becomes too wet, shifting occurs. That shift causes the cracks and buckling that we see in so many homes with mild to severe foundation issues. 

General Water Damage

Foundations aside, clogged gutters are known for causing water damage to the interior of your home, and most homeowners have no idea what’s happening until it’s too late. When water regularly runs down the side of your house, it will work its way into siding, window frames, and under flooring. 

This consistent presence of water will cause bulging, bowing, and weakness within the siding, windows, and floorboards. If left unattended, this is a hazardous situation.

Algae, Mold, and Moss

Where there is excessive moisture, there are algae, mold, and moss. While mold typically shows up inside the home, where the water damage from malfunctioning gutters has been allowed to accumulate, algae and mold prefer to grow outside, both on your roof and inside the gutter itself.

Not only does this look terrible concerning the exterior aesthetics of your home, but it can cause significant damage to your roof. The shingles on your roof that come in contact with consistently clogged gutters will saturate until it leaks into the insulation, causing issues within your ceiling and walls. 

Rotted Siding and Fascia Boards

If water is allowed to collect against your siding or fascia boards, it can cause these component parts of your home to rot. In addition to being unsightly, this can lead to more serious problems like holes in your siding and structural damage to your home.

Find Peace of Mind with Regular Gutter Cleanings from Advantage Pro Services

In short, neglecting to clean your gutters can cause many other problems outside and inside your home. To avoid major issues, you’ll want to have your gutters cleaned twice a year, with more frequent cleanings for those that live in very wet or cold climates and locations with plenty of critters, trees, and foliage. 

How often you’ll need your gutters cleaned depends on a variety of factors, and if you’ve installed gutter guards, you may only require a thorough cleaning once per year. The effects that come with long-term gutter neglect are significant, so it’s essential to know how often you need your gutters cleaned.

Advantage Pro Services is a home maintenance company serving the Houston, Texas, area for many years. We are happy to offer our past, present, and potential customers the best in pressure washing, gutter cleaning, and gutter repair services. 

Discover the peace of mind that comes with knowing your gutters will always be well-maintained. Contact us or receive your free quote today!

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