Why Clean Your Gutters:

“Your Gutters are part of a system that helps move water and debris away from your roof and home. They help protect your home from damage by making sure water doesn’t settle and cause mold and decay.”

Pests: “Clogged gutters can cause standing water and invite a ll kinds of unwanted pests – like mosquitoes, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, and raccoons.”

Water Damage: “Clogged gutters can cause water damage in your basement, foundation, and walls. This leads to mold and can weaken the walls, foundation, or the gutters themselves.”
- From redbeacon.com Home Improvement writer Lisa Snowden-McCray

Ice Damns: “Unclean gutters will likely clog and cause ice damns on your roof that can force water inside your home. This can also cause the gutter system to become so heavy that it can pull away from the house and fall to the ground.”
-Bob Vila - bobvila.com – 10 fall home maintenance musts

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?

“How often gutters need to be cleaned depends on the climate and surrounding landscape. In the Arizona desert, you may be able to go several years without cleaning, but for those who live in the Midwest where autumn leaves fall, it’s important to clean gutters 2-4 times per year.
-Angie Hicks – angieslist.com

“You can judge the need to clean your gutters by how the rainfall is flowing off your roof. If all the water is flowing through the downspouts properly, it’s not time. If water is overflowing or there is visible debris sticking up from the gutters, it’s time to clean them. It is quite normal in heavily wooded areas to need to clean gutters 2 or more times in the fall.”
-G.White – Alpine Valley Industries, Appleton WI