When Should You Clean Your Gutters and How Often?

Cleaning gutters is a nasty chore that more often then not gets put off for days, weeks, months, and years.  Forgetting or refusing to maintain your gutters properly will eventually cause a gutter clog and result in gutter system failures.  If and when a gutter system fails it can cause damage to your home such as: Wood rot, landscape erosion, roof and gutter damage, pest and critter infestations, and that is just to start.


Routine gutter cleaning and maintenance should be performed 1-4 times per year depending on the surrounding landscape and tree cover.  The more trees and type of foliage closer to the house the more often gutters should be cleaned.  At a minimum gutter maintenance should be planned during the fall season after most trees have shed for the winter and before the rainy season.  We recommend October/November.


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Its not only trees that clog Rain Gutters

Rule of thumb:

  1.  No trees within 50 feet 1 cleaning per year  (Fall)
  2. 1-2 trees within 50 feet 2 cleanings (Spring, Fall)
  3. 3-4 trees within 100 feet 3 cleaning (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  4. More than 4 trees within 100 ft 4 cleanings per year (Spring Summer, Early Fall, Early Winter)

Remember not to put off cleaning your gutters, and if you don't like doing it Gutter Maintenance Services makes the process simple and affordable.

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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Jeff P (Saturday, 29 October 2016 04:38)

    Hi Gutter Maintenance Services

    Here in the UK we experience the same issues with lack of maintenance of the guttering and drainage systems that support the Domestic, Commercial and Industrial sectors.
    Here at Maintenance Services Direct we have seen first-hand the damage that can be caused by blocked or partially filled guttering.
    Your advice on frequency of cleaning is perfect to help the consumer to make an informed choice on when they should initiate the cleaning process, we believe the cleaning process should be performed by an experienced and professional company that can not only provide a thorough service but provide this service in a safe and secure manner.

    Thanks again for the well wrote and informative article.


    Kind regards


    Maintenance Services Direct

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