Emmons is a home remodeling contractor serving New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and we provide gutter installation, replacement, and repair services because gutter systems are integral to protecting your home and landscape. We often get questions from our customers about how and how often to clean and inspect their gutters, and with that in mind, let’s have a look at our tips for cleaning and maintaining your home’s gutters.
How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters?
The typical advice we give is that you should have your gutters cleaned twice a year. Schedule once in spring and schedule again in autumn after most of the leaves have fallen. But be mindful that this is just a general rule, and it really depends on your unique property. Homes surrounded by tall pine trees, for instance, may need gutter cleaning every three months because those trees shed around the year. If you have a problem with ice in your gutters, on the other hand, keeping them clean manually is all but impossible, and you’re likely better off investing in gutter heaters to avoid the water freezing.
Consider Installing Gutter Guards
One of the best tips for cleaning and maintaining your home’s gutters is to invest in gutter guards, which go by a number of different names, including gutter covers and shields. In many cases, this can reduce how often you need to clean your gutters to just once a year, and keeping most of the debris out of your gutters will also help ensure that you don’t experience any sudden problems between cleanings.
Trim Tree Branches a Safe Distance from the Home
Avoid having tree branches that overhang your roof. The general advice is to maintain a 6-foot perimeter between your roof and any branches, and you should schedule branch trimming service as often as needed to accomplish that.
Ensure Downspouts Are Doing Their Job
Rainwater should flow freely through your downspouts, and you should keep an eye on them for potential clogs. It’s also important that downspouts channel water a safe distance away from your foundation. If they aren’t, you may need to add extensions in order to ensure that it happens.
Hire a Professional
While you can certainly clean your gutters yourself, we strongly encourage you to hire professionals. Cleaning gutters can be dangerous, and professional gutter cleaners can clean your gutters comprehensively in a short period and affordably.
Have Your Gutters Inspected
Have your gutters professionally inspected once a year. If you’re scheduling a cleaning twice a year, make sure you choose experts and not just someone who cleans gutters. That way, your gutters will be inspected as they are cleaned, and we will make any recommendations regarding needed maintenance.
Emmons Is Here to Help
Emmons has a wealth of experience with gutters and offers all the services you need to keep your gutters functioning well and your home protected. Call us today at 1-856-885-6677 or contact us online with any questions about those services or to learn more tips for cleaning and maintaining your home’s gutters.