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Article by Advantage Pro Services / April 13th, 2021

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

Your gutters are there to keep your home safe from water damage. It’s no secret that gutters need to be cleaned, but the question we get asked time and time again is how often should you clear your gutters?

So, whether you’re cleaning your gutters yourself or hiring someone to do it for you, we’ve written today’s blog post on how often you should clean your gutters.

The short answer to ‘how often should you clean your gutters’ is at least twice per year. As a general rule of thumb, you should aim to clean your gutters in late spring/early summer and then in early winter. 

However, how often you need to clean your gutters depends on 4 main factors.

Trees

If there are a lot of trees around your home, it’s really easy for leaves and foliage to end up in your gutters, especially during the fall. Homes with trees surrounding them are likely to need their gutters cleaned more often than twice per year.

Weather

The weather is a huge factor when it comes to gutter cleaning. In colder climates where ice is common, it’s easy for your gutters to get blocked up in the winter months, so they will need to be cleared. If you live somewhere with heavy rainfall or chances of hail, you’ll likely need to clean your gutters more frequently.

Animals

Wildlife can clog your gutters, too. Squirrels have been known to drop their nuts, sticks, and more into people’s gutters, and birds can drop sticks and build their nests in your gutters. This is really common, especially in areas where wildlife is abundant. If you live in one of these areas, you may need to consider having your gutters cleaned more often.

Gutter guards

Having gutter guards installed does keep your gutters cleaner. However, they’ll still need cleaning every once in a while. 

When you have guards, big pieces of foliage and debris won’t be able to make it into your gutters, but they can still sit on top of your gutters, preventing them from working properly. 

Also, with many gutter guards, smaller bits such as seeds will still be able to get through the cracks and, over time, it will start to build up. Advantage Pro Services offers gutter guards that don’t let any debris through at all.

With gutter guards, you may only need a gutter clean once or twice per year, but we recommend keeping an eye on it to avoid any nasty surprises.

In short, you should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year to avoid major issues. However, getting them cleaned more regularly will only stand you in better stead, especially if you have a yard with a lot of trees, live in an area where you get extreme weather, or life around abundant wildlife. If you’ve had gutter guards installed, you may only need your gutters cleaned once per year.

Advantage Pro Services is a home maintenance company that serves the Houston area, keeping the homes of Houstonians in tip top condition. We offer gutter cleaning, gutter repairs, and pressure washing of home exteriors, decking, fences, and more.

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