Your gutters are essential to ensuring your home doesn’t experience serious leaks and water damage. They function by collecting rainwater and dispersing it safely away from your home. However, if your gutters become clogged with debris, such as leaves and branches, the flow of water will be blocked. This can cause rainwater to overflow from your gutters, resulting in water leaks and damage to your roof, exterior siding, windows, doors, and foundation — not to mention potential damage to your gutters. To prevent clogs, routine cleaning is needed. The following are the most important times to clean your gutters.
In the Spring
Spring is when it tends to rain the most. As such, you’ll want to make sure your gutters are cleared of any debris to ensure there are no clogs. Spring also tends to be the windiest time of the year. This means your gutters can still fill up with branches and leaves which were blown off from your trees.
In the Fall
The fall season is when all of the leaves begin falling from your trees. This means there’s going to be a lot of debris collecting in your gutters during the fall months. Since it does rain every once in a while during the fall, you’ll want to make sure you keep your gutters clear of any collected leaves and branches. You may need to have your gutters cleaned more than once during the fall depending on how many trees you have on your property.
Right Before Winter
While it’s not going to be raining too much during the winter, it will freeze and snow on occasion. As such, you’ll want to make sure you have your gutters cleaned out right before winter hits. This will prevent any debris from collecting during the end of the fall season from freezing while in your gutters. This can cause issues if snow collects during the winter and then begins to melt as temperatures go back up. Not to mention by cleaning out your gutters at the end of fall, you’ll reduce the amount of cleaning you have to do at the beginning of spring.
Routinely cleaning your gutter systems is essential to maintaining their function. For more gutter maintenance advice or for information about our gutter repair and installation services, be sure to contact us at Billy West Roofing in Lee Summit, MO, today.