On average, the house should have its gutters cleaned twice a year. One time in the fall around the first week of December, after all the leaves have fallen from the trees, and once again in the spring, around the middle of June, after all the seeds have fallen. Although, the schedule and frequency of cleaning can change depending upon the weather and how prone your gutters are to getting clogged by debris.
Whichever part of the country you are in, gutter cleaning is a tedious, unsafe, and dirty job. It is essential to ensure that the structure is properly vacating all water away from the roof-line and foundation so that serious water damage does not occur. Your gutter system gets clogged a lot, and when these gutters and downspouts are clogged and full of leaves and debris, the water they collect cannot properly flow out and away from one’s home or business. This, unfortunately, can lead to water backing up into the structure resulting in leaks, water damage and dangerous molds. Water can also pool under the roof line and around the foundation causing serious, lasting and expensive damage. If this problem is not fixed before the winter, water and debris will freeze in one’s gutters and also possibly cause costly ice dams. If you make sure that the gutters and downspouts are routinely cleaned then you’ve succeeded in saving money from water damages that can ruin the home.
As mentioned, your home’s rain gutters can’t be left alone to fend for itself. It needs routine maintenance which some homeowners accomplish by doing the cleaning themselves. Now do-it-yourself gutter cleaning can be done but only if the gutters are about the height level of a 1st story house. If it gets any higher, especially those gutters that are placed at higher parts of the roof or the ones that are installed on the 2nd or higher floor, then you’re putting yourself at risk. According to the World Health Organization, the US leads the world in ladder injuries. Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-related injuries and 300 ladder fatalities. Why take the chance of doing the job yourself when it requires skilled professionals to perfectly do the job?