How Often Should You Clean Your Gutter?

When it comes to gutter cleaning, Exeter or any other city, it can be a tricky job. Particularly with the unpredictable weather conditions and the busy lives that most of us lead. Unfortunately, cleaning your gutters is a necessity that, when ignored for too long, can cause serious problems. If you are curious to learn more, check out our Q/A below to see why gutter cleaning is so important.

Q) How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

A) Twice a Year

It is essential to clean your gutters at least twice a year, with a gap of about six months in between. This timeframe is ideal because this avoids common problems such as gutter overflow, clogging, the growth of mould and mildew, and weather damage.

Q) Why Do These Things Happen?

A) For a variety of reasons!

  • Overflow

This is one of the most common problems and it is caused due to a neglect of proper gutter cleaning. Without a thorough, semi-regular cleaning, gutters can easily overflow and cause damage to the house and surrounding area. Water may seep into the house and erode the foundation, or cause leaks in the roof which could damage the interior.

  • Clogging

If you haven’t been very diligent with your gutter cleaning, it is possible that if you venture up there now you may find your gutters completely clogged. A good indication of this is when moisture builds up or your house drainage system is not working properly. Clogs are especially difficult because they can cause insects such as mosquitos and termites to hover around the area; this is unhygienic and should be avoidable at all costs.

  • Mould

Mould and mildew are one of the worst side-effects of negligent gutter cleaning Exeter residents experience. As experts in roof maintenance, we see this kind of thing often. Mould is particularly dangerous if you have children in the house, as its appearance in the home could lead to breathing issues due to the damp in the air. To avoid this, keep your gutters clean and take advantage of the rare sunshine and open a window regularly to air out the house.

  • Weather Damage

Gutter cleaning in Exeter can be a difficult task, particularly at this time of the year when the constant rain and force winds make the mere thought of outdoor maintenance highly unappealing. However, it is this very weather which could be worsening the damage – strong winds can cause damage to your drainage system, and heavy rainfall can be linked to all of the problems listed above. For these reasons, it is best to brave the weather a few times and check your gutters to make sure everything is in working order.

Q) When Should I Clean My Gutters?

A) Winter

The ideal time for you to indulge in some DIY and clean your gutters is during the early winter months, before the weather gets too cold. By this time, most of the leaves will have fallen off the trees, meaning there may be a higher risk of clogging and overflow, which could lead to dampness and mould forming inside the house. If you would prefer to leave it to the professionals, there are many gutter cleaning services available in Exeter. Get in touch with us for more information.

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