Whether you need gutter cleaning in your home or business, it’s not a service that comes to mind frequently. Until you notice something sprouting from your gutters, the condition of your gutters isn’t on your radar.
However, the reality is that your gutters must be cleaned and clear for them to operate efficiently. Otherwise, it may lead to severe consequences, including property damage.
How frequently should you have your gutters cleaned?
We typically recommend gutter cleaning twice a year – once in the late spring and again in early fall.
However, there are certain things to consider before making a decision about how often your home’s gutters should be cleaned.
If the summer is long and hot, your gutters may accumulate dry leaves, small branches, and bird nests. If you don’t notice the buildup of debris, you could be in for a rude awakening during the first big rainstorm in the fall, when everything begins to overflow. Worse, if you don’t notice your gutters are flooding, this may lead to significant deterioration over time.
If you live in a rural region with no trees for miles, or on a newly built house that hasn’t sprouted any trees yet, you’ll probably only need your gutters cleaned once a year at the most.
However, if you live near tall-growing trees that shed hundreds of leaves each day or line your driveway with them, you may need to clean your gutters once every few months. It will cost much more over time if you don’t take appropriate measures.
Whether your gutters require regular cleaning depends on the region in which you live and the natural environment surrounding your property.
If you’re still unsure, you may want to call 4Gutter Cleaning experts to see your home and advise you on the best option.
What is the worst consequence if you don’t clean your gutters?
It’s conceivable that you’ve pondered this very question, but it’s all too simple to assume your gutters are working properly when you can’t see what’s in them. In reality, dirty gutters might lead to expensive and difficult repairs. Here are a few of the possible problems that unclean gutters can cause.
The growth of mould and mildew
If your gutters aren’t cleaned, the first issue is that they will become clogged and leak or overflow in heavy rain. In addition, leaves will begin to decay in your gutters and the stagnant filthy water will start to grow mildew.
Mould isn’t only a concern for your home if it penetrates your walls; it’s also a health hazard. Mould is typical in wet locations, and if it penetrates your home, it can induce health issues and is extremely difficult and costly to treat.
So keeping your gutters clean and operating is the greatest approach to prevent mould from developing.
Your gutters’ primary function is to rapidly remove rain that pours down in a storm.
If your gutters are clogged and unable to carry the water, it will overflow and most likely run down your brick walls rather than down the downspout. Moisture in the walls can lead to mould growth, crumbling brickwork over time, and softening and crumbling mortar.
If your roof is flat, you have the potential to not only suffer from the aforementioned issues but also a complete roof collapse if enough water accumulation occurs.
4Gutter Cleaning solution
We provide a free estimate for house owners in Greater London and the Home Counties as part of our gutter cleaning services. Call us on 07947 22 66 88 or fill in the short form to speak with one of our experts about whether you should clean your gutters now.