As a rule of thumb, gutters should be cleaned at least twice yearly — once in late spring, and once again in the late summer or early fall. Having said that, the frequency can vary depending on the location, the setup of your gutter system, and the types of trees near your home.
Here are some other factors you can consider:
- Lots of Trees Near Your Home: If you have pine trees near your home that shed needles, you might need to clean your gutters more frequently – maybe every three months, as pine needles can accumulate quickly and cause clogs. Other trees shed their leaves in the fall so you might need an additional cleaning around that time.
- The Location of Your Home: If you live in an arid area with little rainfall, you might be able to get away with cleaning your gutters less frequently. On the other hand, if you live in a region with heavy rain or snow, you might need to clean and inspect your gutters more often to ensure they’re correctly moving water away from your home. In our area of the east cost of the USA, we’re somewhere in between.
- Previous Downspout Clogging: If your gutters have been clogged in the past, it may be best to clean them more frequently.
Remember, while cleaning gutters might seem like a hassle, it’s a crucial part of home maintenance that can save you significant money in potential repair costs in the long run. If you cannot do it yourself, consider hiring Next Day Gutters to clean them for you.