It can be relatively easy to forget to clean your gutters, but it is an important part of roof and home maintenance. Your gutters direct the rainwater that hits your roof and prevents leaking, mold and mildew growth, and foundation damage. But cleaning gutters can be an especially dangerous DIY job as there are over 130,000 ladder related injuries every year. In this post, we will explain why you should clean your gutters at all, how often they should be cleaned, and whether you need a professional to do the job for you. 

Why Should You Clean Your Gutters At All?

If your gutters get clogged, water can’t drain properly, which can lead to leaking or mildew growth that can end up costing a lot more money than it would have to just clean your gutters. 

Also, if water starts seeping over the sides of your gutters, it can get under your foundation and lead to cracks and breaks that can severely damage your house. 

If gutters are left uncleaned, pests such as rodents and birds can see the foliage as the perfect spot for a new home. Avoid the unwanted guests by cleaning your gutters. 

Should You Have a Schedule to Clean Your Gutters?

You may clean your gutters whenever you notice leaves and twigs poking out over the sides of them, but if it gets to that point, you should consider cleaning them more frequently. 

The recommended frequency for cleaning your gutters for most houses is two times a year, or every six months. Some houses that are below pine trees may need to be cleaned every three months as pine needles tend to shed often. 

It may be necessary to clean your gutters more frequently in the fall as leaf shedding increases around this time. If your house is surrounded by trees and plants, it is also recommended to clean your gutters more than twice a year. 

Should You Hire a Professional to Clean Your Gutters or Do It Yourself?

Cleaning your gutters can be a difficult and time consuming job. You can do it yourself if you are comfortable with ladders. If your house is two stories tall, you will either need an extension ladder or a professional

If heights are your biggest concern, there are other ways to clean your gutters without the need of a professional. These include gutter cleaning hoses that are long, angled pressure washers capable of clearing out any debris in your gutters by blasting them with water. For more severe clogs, these may not be effective, but they are a handy tool to have around nonetheless. 

Call CK Roofing To Clean Your Gutters 

If you are uncomfortable with ladders or you fear your clogged gutters may be concealing more significant damage, it is best to call a roofing professional to get the job done for you. Whether you need your gutters cleaned or your entire roof inspected, CK Roofing has got you covered. We have been proudly serving the Houston metro area for over two decades so rest assured that you are in good hands. Give us a call or fill out our online form for all of your roofing needs!