Preventing gutter problems is measured in pennies, fixing gutter damage is measured in dollars. Preventing damage whether it is your business or your home may not be on the top of your list of fall maintenance but it should be.
Fall is the perfect time to think about gutters, since leaves dropping from trees are a main cause of clogging. Unfortunately gutters and downspouts can be blocked by other things, too, including pine needles, twigs, “helicopter” maple seeds and (if your have kids) tennis balls.
How often should they be cleaned? Experts recommend checking your gutter system at least twice a year, in the spring and in the fall after trees have shed most of their leaves and needles. If your property is populated by many trees that hang over the building your may need to clean the gutters every few months. For gutters that are blocked by screens or a professional gutter protection once a year may be appropriate.
What is the potential damage of clogged gutters? Clogged downspouts and gutters cause water to overflow the gutter, which can damage fascia or soffit boards. This can erode landscaping, or cause a roof leaking. This, in turn may create additional exterior or interior damage. Clogged gutters can also be related to pest and rodent infestation.
A professional gutter cleaning company can remove all leaves and other material from the roof, gutters and downspouts, as well as a check of overall gutter condition and repair of any loose gutter spikes.