When it comes to household chores, are there tasks you just love to do and those you’d rather put off until you absolutely have to do them? Well, “love” might be pushing it. Chores are chores no matter how some of them are not so bad once you get going.
You know how important gutters are in helping direct water and debris away from your roof and home. If you let your gutters get clogged, you could end up with a leaky roof, or worse, extensive damage to your home’s interior or exterior.
The Best Time to Do Rain Gutter Cleaning
Now, when it comes to how often gutters should be cleaned, we recommend homeowners do it every four months. Of course, this will depend on the tree climate.
There are places where leaves fall all throughout the year. In this case, waiting until the last leaf falls isn’t advisable. But if this isn’t a concern, the best time for gutter cleaning is when the season changes from fall to winter.
Aside from timing it just right, here are three important reasons to clean your gutters in the winter.
1. To Get Rid of Pests
If you missed cleaning your gutters during the spring and summer months, they will collect standing or stagnant water. As you know, standing water is a breeding ground for pests such as mosquitoes. And the worst part of it is that mosquitoes’ eggs can survive over the winter even if they’re frozen in water.
These eggs can hatch when the weather starts to warm up. That means come spring and summer, you could be looking at higher numbers or a mosquito infestation.
Gutters covered with snow are also attractive to rodents and voles. The snow acts as insulation, creating perfect walkways for larger pests. That’s why you can’t afford to neglect rain gutter cleaning in the winter.
2. To Prevent Structural Damage
In a previous post, we talked about how clogged gutters can weaken your home’s foundation. We mentioned that when you let clogs in the gutter pile on, run-off rainwater will overflow and seep into the ground next to your foundation.
This can lead to cracks that could get bigger, eventually seeping into your basement. Left unchecked, it could lead to water damages including standing water in your basement.
3. To Avoid Gutter Damage
Gutters serve an important purpose, as we’ve already mentioned earlier but they can get clogged even if you live in a wooded area.
If you don’t clean before winter, the water and leaves that have collected in autumn will freeze. This could lead to more build up of debris since water can’t move freely.
And since frozen water is heavy, the extra weight can make your gutters sag or fall out of alignment. This could weaken your roof, which is bad news since roof repairs can be quite expensive.
Have a Worry-Free Rain Gutter Cleaning
Cleaning gutters is a chore, which you may not have a lot of time for. And even if you have a pressure washer for gutter cleaning, you need to know the right technique to avoid damaging your gutters and roof shingles.
Avoid the hassles of gutter cleaning by leaving the job to us. We’ll take care of everything including disposing of everything we clean out of your gutters.
Don’t hesitate to call us at (314) 962-4220 for a free estimate or email us at Info@StLouisPressureWash.com.