How Often Should You Clean Gutters? More Than You Think.

by Nov 29, 2022Ask Aerotech Experts Gutter Blog

Did you know that the most significant source of damage to gutters isn’t the debris itself? Ice buildup, for example, can easily bend and pull the malleable aluminum material of most gutters apart. This creates unknown leaks you might overlook until the problem becomes more obvious – and costly. Once a gutter becomes misshapen, it can easily bend and warp even further during hard winds, hail storms, falling branches, and more. Therefore, knowing how often to clean gutters is vital to avoid irreparable and costly damage to your home. 

Benefits of Regular Gutter Cleaning

Having your gutters cleaned properly and consistently is important for the lifespan of the gutters themselves – but there are numerous other benefits many people aren’t aware of until they see how much better their gutter system performs after being consistently and professionally cleaned.

Some of the benefits our homeowners enjoy after our regular gutter cleaning services include:

  • Maintaining damage-free gutters
  • Removing potential homes for pests
  • Ensuring water moves far away from your house
  • Protecting the home from seen and unseen water damage
  • Mitigating flooding potential
  • Ensuring water doesn’t pool and over-water one area of your yard
  • Keeping water from accumulating where ice hazards would be dangerous in the winter

Even without an obvious source of debris, such as trees overhead, gutters can be clogged for many other reasons you might not see, such as a bird’s nest or a ball. Whether or not you see obvious obstructions, it’s better to ensure you don’t have clogged gutters by using a regular schedule and an affordable cleaning company.

Gutter Cleaning FAQs

We know you have questions about gutter cleaning, not just how often to clean gutters. Check out our most frequently asked questions below, and contact our expert team at Aerotech for more information. 

What Happens if You Don’t Clean Your Gutters?

Ill-maintained gutter systems and clogged gutters can lead to unchecked water damage to your home, foundation, yard, or driveway over time. When gutters work as they should, they draw water away from your home to drain properly. Clogged gutters can overflow, resulting in land erosion around your foundation and standing water around your home that can damage the foundation, walls, and more. Standing water in your gutters can also cause gutter deterioration and promote mold growth. 

In winter, if there’s any water standing, it can freeze and damage ice dams that will cause further overflow, and result in misshapen, warped gutters prone to more issues over time. 

How Long Does it Take to Clean Your Gutters?

Depending on how large your home and gutter system is, professionals can accomplish what might take you hours in 20 or 30 minutes instead – and even quicker for smaller properties.

While it might be tempting to try cleaning your gutters, it cannot only be unsafe, but it can take an absorbent amount of time out of your day. By hiring an experienced gutter cleaner, they can handle even the most tricky gutter designs or obstacles, such as odd roof designs, gutter guards, trees, or telephone utility lines.

What is the Best Way to Keep Gutters Clean?

Some homes may benefit from installing gutter guards, but if not done properly, these can end up causing more issues for your home. DIY gutter cleaning methods rarely eliminate the most stubborn clogs and are often dangerous for those without the proper experience or equipment. 

The best way to keep your gutters clean is to have them routinely cleaned and maintained, preferably by a professional gutter cleaning service like Aerotech. We have the right equipment to clean your gutters efficiently, thoroughly, and safely. We also know what to look for, helping you fix issues before they cause expensive damage. Plus, you know you’ll be in good hands!

What Month Should You Clean Your Gutters?

What month will depend on when most of your leaves have fallen so it may differ for everyone, but it will most likely be late October or early November. If you are going to look at cleaning your gutters once a year, the fall season is ideal as that is when you’re at the most risk of falling leaves and other debris clogging gutters. Spring may also be ideal, especially if you have trees around that drop lots of seeds or other debris when blooming.

Of course, for the most efficiency, gutter cleaning shouldn’t be limited to just one month in the year. It’s prudent to have a professional gutter cleaner check and clean your gutters once every spring, summer, fall, and winter – at a minimum. When you sign up for Aerotech’s gutter cleaning service plan, you get at least four yearly cleanings, potentially more depending on your home’s location.

How Do You Know If You Need to Clean Your Gutters?

Gutter cleaning should already be performed via scheduled service throughout the year. However, if it’s been a while since you’ve had them cleaned or done so yourself, there are a few tell-tale signs that indicate it’s time for gutter cleaning. You may notice: 

  • Overflowing rainwater
  • Sagging gutters
  • Staining along your home’s siding
  • Standing water alongside your home’s foundation
  • Obvious signs of animals, birds, or pests damaging or using your gutters for shelter
  • Plant growth in the gutters

Get Your Gutters Ready for Next Season

Though it may not seem necessary until after a heavy rain reveals serious flaws in your home’s external water-management system, it’s best to be sure it’s running properly and efficiently before a problem. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least four times yearly to avoid these potential problems. 

For a free estimate and top-rated gutter-cleaning services throughout the year, contact Aerotech – you’ll be glad you did. Our 4x-per-year package made getting your gutters checked and cleaned at least once every season easy.  Because our rates are much lower than the competition, it will likely save you money in the long run.