When Should You Clean Your Gutters and Downspouts?

While our gutters do a fantastic job of directing rainwater away from our homes, we need to clean and maintain them to keep them at their best. Over time, debris can accumulate causing gutter clogging. Trapped water or ice may also lead to gutter rust and breakage. Depending on specific factors, such as the number of surrounding trees, you may need to clean your gutters anywhere from one to four times a year.

Why is it important to clean your gutters?

The short answer is yes. It is essential to clean your gutters routinely each year. Gutters protect your home’s siding, windows, doors, and foundation from water damage by funneling water off of the roof and away from your home. If your gutter system is not clean, it can become clogged or cracked. This could cause water damage to your home’s foundation or basement flooding. To avoid these expensive consequences, gutters should be cleaned of leaves, sticks, and other debris twice a year—in the fall and spring.

Can you clean gutters in winter?

Yes. We tell our customers to clean their gutters in the fall and spring. But sometimes harsh winter snow and ice that can cause clogs, cracks and other unexpected problems. Your gutter system is never more critical than it is during the winter months. So if you should have an emergency breakdown or would like to ensure that your gutter system will operate all winter smoothly, Powell’s is here to help.

Can I clean my gutters myself?

Gutter cleaning may seem like just other DIY chores around the home, but there are many risks are involved. Hiring a professional gutter service will prevent you from falling off a ladder or the roof. Professionals are also trained to recognize problems that could compromise your gutter system. This could help you avoid costly repairs down the road.

Since 1999, Powell’s has performed all-season gutter services for residents throughout NJ. Our experienced gutter technicians are knowledgeable and experienced with all gutter systems to prevent expensive repairs. Should you need us, our dedicated gutter experts will be ready to give your system the cleaning and repair it requires. If you are unsure about when to clean gutters and downspouts at your home, it may be time to contact a professional gutter cleaning service.