Signs You Need Your Gutters Cleaned

Your home's gutters are essential to protecting your home's foundation. If your gutters are clogged or dirty, they will not work the way they should. Here are signs you should have your home's gutters cleaned.

Never attempt to clean your home's gutters on your own. You may accidentally fall off your roof or ladder and get hurt, or you may accidentally damage your gutters while cleaning them. Hire a professional gutter installation and repair specialist to clean your gutters for you.

Excess water drainage

Your gutters should never have water coming out of the gutters themselves, rather, your gutters should send all water down your home's drain spout. If you see water pouring out of your guttering, this is a sign that your gutters are clogged somewhere and water can't get through. Cleaning your gutters will allow for better water flow.

Water drainage in the wrong parts of your gutters is dangerous for two reasons. First, the weight of the water can pull your gutters away from your home, causing costly damage. Second, excess water flow will drain into your home's foundation, causing potential water damage inside your property.

Caving gutters

A gutter that is caving may be weighed down by packed debris. Even if you can't see it, your gutters may be littered with leaves, pine cones, pine needles, and even animal nests that weight down your gutter system and cause it to become warped, cracked, or to cave.

Have your gutters professionally inspected if they are caving; in addition to needing cleaned, your gutters may also need to be tightened or re-fitted to your roof for greater efficiency.

Stains on your home

Water, rust, or debris stains on your home behind, above, or underneath your gutters is a sign that debris is clogging up the system and cleaning is required. You may also notice moss, algae, mold, or mildew growth in or around your gutters if they need to be cleaned due to blocked moisture inside debris.

Lack of care

You may not think of your home's gutter system when you are taking care of the rest of your home. If you can't remember the last time you had your gutters cleaned, it's time to schedule an appointment to have this service done. In the future, try to have your gutters cleaned on a regular basis as instructed by your gutter specialist. Your gutters will last longer with regular cleaning.