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Why Is It Important to Clean Your Gutters?

Gutters are an integral part of your home’s roofing, landscaping, and drainage system. They move water from your roof and route it away from your home’s foundation, so it’s important to keep them in good working order at all times. Cleaning your gutters regularly will help them to do their job better and if they’re running clear and clean, they may last longer.

Gutters can fill with leaves, twigs, pine cones, dirt, and a host of other types of debris. When they’re clogged, the water that is supposed to be running to the downspout may overflow into your yard. This can cause serious damage to your foundation, siding, and landscaping, and can encourage mold and mildew growth on your home.

How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

As a general rule of thumb, gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year, but that can vary depending on a number of factors.  If you have trees that overhang your home, you may need to clean the gutters more often. If you live in an area that is prone to frequent heavy storms, your gutters will need to be cleaned more frequently. If you live in a dry humid climate where it seldom rains, you may only need to clean your gutters once a year.

What’s the Best Time of Year to Clean My Gutters?

If you’re going to clean your gutters twice a year, it’s a good idea to do this during the spring and fall seasons. That will ensure that your gutters are in good working order for the storms of summer and winter.

Preventative Maintenance

You can help your gutters to perform well and last longer by taking care of some maintenance items that may be able to prevent them from clogging or overflowing.

  • Trim trees-if you have trees that overhang your home or are close to your home, trim them regularly to keep leaves from falling into the gutters.
  • Check your roof-as your roof gets older it begins to deteriorate. Shingles can break and debris can fill your gutters.
  • After the storm-check your gutters after a big storm has passed and remove any leaves, branches, or other debris.
  • Install gutter protections systems-there are a number of products you can place over your gutters to block leaves or debris from getting in.

Hire a Professional

If you have any questions or problem concerning your gutters, reach out to the experts at Gutter Queen. We provide comprehensive gutter services to the Metrowest area and greater Boston residents so that you can get everything you need from one business. In addition to installing and repairing seamless gutters, we install gutter guards, rain barrels, and rain chains. Our team of professionals strives to make your gutter system as flawless as it can be. For more information about the products and services we offer, please visit our website or contact us at 978-293-3771. We look forward to meeting you!