If you are like most homeowners, cleaning and inspecting your gutters is one of the dreaded tasks you put on your spring-cleaning list each year. Though it’s a good idea to do it during the spring, depending on your unique situation, it may not be enough. Below, you will learn more about how often you should be cleaning and inspecting your gutters based on your unique needs — and how to make it simpler and easier, too.
Not All Homes are the Same
Before falling into the same routine as your friends and family when it comes to gutter cleaning and inspection, there’s one very important thing to keep in mind — not all home landscapes are the same. As an example, if your neighbors on the left have no trees overhanging their roof, then a once-annual cleaning and inspection may be perfect for their needs. Along those same lines, if the neighbors on your right have several hardwood and pine trees in their yard that overhang their roof, they will need to clean and inspect their gutters far more often. The leaves and needles fill the gutters more quickly, and pose a much greater opportunity for problems.
Aim for Twice a Year
Ideally, if you have trees in your yard that lead to leaves on your roof and in your gutter, aim to clean and inspect your gutters at least twice each year. The best time to do so is at the beginning of winter after all the leaves have fallen, and again in the spring after the winter precipitation has come to an end. These are the two seasons that are hardest on your gutters, so taking the time to inspect and clean them can ensure their proper operation and prevent costly repairs. Of course, if you have several pine trees in your yard, it may be worth your time to check them more often, since pine needles can fall year-round.
Make Cleaning Simpler
If digging leaves, twigs, pine needles, acorns, and other debris out of your gutters is not your idea of a fun Saturday afternoon, there are ways to make this task much, much simpler. You can buy gutter guards specific to your unique needs that can prevent the buildup of leaves and other debris rather easily and affordably. For example, if leaves from a maple or birch tree are the primary culprits, a traditional screen-style gutter cover can keep those leaves out of your gutters from the start. If pine needles find their way into the system, a micro-mesh gutter guard or even a filter flow gutter guard can keep them out while allowing water to flow freely.
Though a gutter guard or gutter cover does not completely negate the need for inspections and regular cleanings, it does make them exceptionally simpler when the time comes. There are numerous types of accessories that can simplify your spring (and late fall) chores, so be sure to check them out, and learn more about the right ones for your unique needs.