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How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

Cleaning your gutters is an important part of home maintenance, as it helps prevent water damage, landscaping erosion, and basement flooding. The frequency at which you should clean your gutters depends on several factors, including the types of trees surrounding your property, the weather patterns around your home’s location, and whether you have gutter guards installed. Here are some general guidelines to go by when it comes to properly maintaining your home’s gutters.

If You Have Many Trees Around Your Home

If you have traditional gutters, it’s a good rule of thumb to clean your gutters at least twice a year. Typically, it’s best to do this chore in the spring and fall. Trees that shed a lot, like pine trees, may require you to clean your gutters every three months.

If Your Area Experiences Severe Weather

Here in Florida, tropical storms and hurricanes bring with them heavy rains, high winds, and an increased amount of storm debris. These types of storms can clog your gutters more frequently. Inspect and clean them after any/every significant weather event.

In Regions with Milder Weather and Fewer Trees 

Lucky you! In areas such as these that have fewer issues with the local weather and a lighter amount of tree coverage, you might only need to clean your gutters once a year. Ideally, this task should be done in the fall after the leaves have fallen.

If You Have Gutter Guards 

Gutter guards can reduce the amount of debris that gets into your gutters, but they don’t eliminate the need for cleaning. Check and clean them at least once a year to ensure they’re working effectively.

It’s also good to inspect your gutters after major storms or at the end of the season. Clogs can happen anytime, and the sooner you address them, the less likely you are to experience water-related damage to your home. Regular maintenance not only extends the life of your gutters but also helps protect your home’s foundation and landscaping. Oh, and by the way…

If You Have Gutter Helmet® Gutter Guards

If this is the case, you can use the time you would normally have to put aside each year to clean your gutters and dedicate to just about anything else you can think of. Take a drive down the coast, maybe go antiquing, if that sounds interesting. Whatever you feel like doing, it won’t include climbing up any ladders to unclog or clean your gutters. That is the Gutter Helmet® difference.

If you’d like to learn more about Gutter Helmet® gutter guards and how they can help you enjoy living with more peace of mind regarding your gutter maintenance, please reach out or call 904-712-2717, and we can set you up with a free estimate. 

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