Don’t clean your gutters, and you’ll soon have problems.
Massachusetts sees beautiful autumns, snowy winters, balmy springs, and warm summers. But along with the changing seasons comes one pesky task: getting the gutters cleaned out. So, how often should you do it, and when? Let’s look at it season by season.
Autumn Gutter Problems
This is arguably the most important season to get your gutters cleaned out. Autumn in New England has relatively low precipitation compared to the rest of the year, and it’s also when the most debris will be falling into your gutters courtesy of the trees that look so great on postcards. That debris, if left, will form clogs, and that can cause problems year-round, but especially in the winter. So, get out the ladder and get the clogs cleared, because otherwise you’ll have problems, and sooner than you think.
Winter Gutter Problems
The big problem in winter? Ice dams. Meltwater that streams from the top of your house and refreezes in your gutters can grind away at your roof, damage your gutter system, and cause leaks into your home. Worse, winter is about the worst possible season to do gutter maintenance on your home, as you’ll have to ensure the downspout is clear, get all the snow out of your gutters, and then clean out the clogs. It turns a task that should take a few hours into a long, chilly weekend outdoors.
Even worse, it’s a dangerous task, as it’s harder to safely seat a ladder in snow. So, take care of it in the autumn; you may find yourself regretting it otherwise.
Spring Gutter Problems
Spring is a good time to clean your gutters out. Why, you ask? It’s not a secret in New England that anything facing the elements gets a beating, and the same is true of your gutters. After they’ve been buried under snow all winter, there might be rust, distortion, and other damage that may not be immediately visible from the ground.
Also, if you’ve got allergies, and there are trees dumping pollen in your gutters, it’s a good idea to remove that to limit your reactions. Just remember to wear gloves and a face mask. Finally, a thorough gutter cleaning is a good way to keep animals out of your gutters and away from your home.
Summer Gutter Problems
You’re unlikely to need to clean your gutters in summer, but that doesn’t mean you should rest on your laurels. Keep a close eye on your gutters, especially during summer rainstorms, to see if everything is flowing properly and if your gutter system is working. If you see any problems, such as gutters overflowing, well, it’s time to get out the ladder and take a look.
In all, you should clean your gutters twice a year, preferably the spring and autumn. If you want help keeping debris away and your gutters clear, consider installing Gutter Helmet. Moonworks is the exclusive provider of Gutter Helmet in New England, and it’s designed to keep water and debris separate, so only water comes out your gutters. If you’re sick of the ladder, just fill out the form to the right, or call 1-800-975-6666 for a free in-home estimate.