A debris-clogged gutter can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape.
But when neglected, experts say gutters can turn from a necessity to a nightmare. A gutter clogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home. Contractors say gunked-up gutters also make nice homes for pests, rodents, mold and honeycombs from bee infestations.
How often should they be cleaned?
It depends largely on where you live and, most importantly, how many trees are in your yard. We recommend having them cleaned in the Springtime and in fall,after all the leaves have fallen. Also,if you notice a leaky ceiling in your home,your gutter may be clogged.
Vecchio says it’s important to have a professional clean the downspouts as well because a clogged downspout “makes it hard for the rain to go down and that causes them to back up and overflow the gutter, which can cause damage to your home.”
You can judge how often to clean your gutters based on how often leaves in your area fall and the types of leaves, Lambert says.
“It should be on everyone’s to-do list about every four months, depending on the tree climate,” he says. “In a high-yield environment, leaves fall all year-round. You can’t wait until the last leaf falls.”
Vecchio says a guard will not keep all the debris out, adding:
Gutter cleaning starting from: $150 for a 1 story home
$225 for a 2 story home
$299 for a 3 story home,up to 4,500 square feet