Being a homeowner can sometimes feel like a never-ending list of things that need to be done. So much so that occasionally important tasks are forgotten until it's way past time or there's been some damage done. Cleaning your gutters is often one of those tasks. This critical system can easily fall into the out-of-sight, out-of-mind category. But failing to keep them cleaned out can leave you with some serious negative consequences. If you're like most homeowners that forget, keep a mental note of these signs to know when to clean out your gutters.
1. It's Been Awhile Gutter cleaning should be happening on a very regular basis, but most people avoid it for far too long. If you realize it has been a while since you've last cleaned them, it's definitely time to check them out before the debris causes damage. The best way to keep on a good schedule is to check them out at the change of the seasons. This is especially important before the rainiest season of the year in your area as it ensures that they'll work when you need them most. 2. Sagging and Bulging Even if you have a set gutter cleaning schedule, it's important to keep an eye on them if they need any additional cleaning. As you check out your gutters, look to see how even and level they are. When the gutters start to fill up with debris, they might begin to sag or bulge. This is a problem because the connections won't be secure, and the water won't travel the way it's supposed to. As they're cleaned out, they can straighten out, or you can know what repairs need to be made. 3. Water Spilling Out The sole purpose of a gutter system is to route water away from your home's foundation to avoid damage. As the water falls it should be able to travel through the system with no problems. When the water that's going through the gutter system is spilling out and not going through the proper channels, you can tell it's time to clean them out. 4. Visible Plants and Debris Most commonly, gutters get full of leaves, sticks, and other debris from plants. When you can see that kind of debris sticking out of the gutters, there's obviously too much in there, and the water can't run through. If you see plants growing out of the gutters, it's well past time for a good gutter cleaning! It's Time to Start Cleaning Your Gutters Just because you recognize it's time to start cleaning your gutters doesn't mean you'll automatically have the motivation and excitement to get the task done. It's not a fun or enjoyable job for most homeowners. And that's why calling in the professionals is always a good idea! You can enjoy the benefits of knowing your gutter system is clear and working right without all the hassle of actually doing the work. It's a win-win for everyone! If you're ready to get your gutters cleaned up, contact us today!