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Why You Should Clean Your Gutters

by Jonathan Maynard - September 10, 2017

Cleaning your gutters isn’t easy. That’s why it’s a job that many people ignore for far too long. It’s not something that needs to be done daily, weekly or even monthly. Red Door Cleaning suggests cleaning your gutters twice annually, once in the spring and once in the fall. While it’s a relatively inexpensive maintenance item, it’s not uncommon for people to ignore the job altogether. Don’t want to make that mistake!

Watching the football game, taking a nap or doing practically anything else sounds more fun than cleaning out your gutters. Plus, who wants to be up on a ladder? That’s why you hire a pro! If you don’t hire someone or do it yourself, you’ll pay dearly in the long run. Who wants to do that?

Below are some common questions about gutters and useful tips on why you need to clean your gutters, and how to clean them. Check them out!

Why Do I Need to Clean My Gutters?

The simple answer is that not cleaning your gutters could end up costing you thousands of dollars. Gutters carry rainwater from your roof, down the side of your home, and away from the foundation – the further away, the better chance you have of avoiding flooding and problems with your home’s foundation. When gutters get filled with leaves and other elements, the water has nowhere to escape. If it backlogs, you could end up with water inside your home, which creates mold.

In Virginia, it freezes during the winter, so it’s even more essential your gutters are cleaned biannually. Icicles may be fun to look at, but they can cost you a lot of money if you’re looking at them on your home. Gutters are designed to prevent icicles from forming on the edge of your roofline, which can cause damage to your shingles. If too much water builds up, you’ll have water splashing through your roof and into your home in no time.

How Often Do I Need to Clean My Gutters?

Not very often. If you clean them out twice per year (late spring or early summer and late fall or early winter) you’re set. Just make sure they’re cleared of leaves, samaras (commonly referred to as helicopters) and anything else that has found its way into the gutter. It’s not uncommon for birds or other animals to build nests in or around gutters.

How Do I Clean My Gutters?

Are you a DIY kind of person that lives on the edge? It’s not difficult. You need the following items: ladder ($400 for a 32’), gloves ($10), small hand rake ($15), hose ($30) and a garbage bag ($1).

Set up the ladder close to the gutter. Once you’re within reach of the gutter and wearing your gloves, begin removing the debris. If you’re uncomfortable with heights, you can throw the debris out of the gutter and collect it up once you’re off the ladder, or you can put the debris in the garbage bag as you go. If you find any objects that are stuck to the gutter, use your hand rake. Be careful not to cause any damage to the gutter, they’re expensive! Once you get one section complete, get off the ladder and move it to another section that needs to be cleaned. Repeat until the entire gutter is cleaned out.

Once everything is completed, use the hose to spray down the gutter to get anything you may have missed. This step will also show you if you have any leaks that need to be fixed. If so, you’ll want to apply some sort of sealant to fix it for the time being. If you decided to throw debris from the gutter to the ground (instead of placing it in the garbage bag), clean up all debris. It’s that easy!

How we can help!

Some of us aren’t very fond of heights. If you’re in the same boat, don’t worry. Red Door Pro Wash has professional technicians that can do this for you! No mess, no worries. Plus, it won’t break the bank! Call us today before our fall schedule fills up!  Or, visit reddoorprowash.com for a gutter cleaning quote!

If you have any tips or tricks for gutter cleaning, comment below, and make sure to check back to our blog soon!