Though cleaning out your rain gutters may not be your favorite activity, the consequences of neglecting them can be pricey. A clogged gutter can lead to damages in your roof, foundation, garden, and even in your gutters themselves. Clearing away an excessive debris around your gutters regularly will save you from dealing with bigger issues down the road. Whether you clean them out yourself or hire a professional, cleaning out your gutters on the regular is must for any homeowner.

How often should I clean out my rain gutters?

You should have cleaning out your gutters on your to-do list about every three months. However, you may need to adjust this timetable based on where you live. If you live in an area with more trees, you may need to clean out your gutters more regularly. Leaves are the most common cause for gutters clocking. Depending on the time of year, you may need to clean your gutters more regularly. Because of the downfall of leaves in autumn, gutters are more likely to get clogged around this time of year. Be sure to schedule a cleaning in the fall! You should also check on your gutters if you notice that water flow is limited, this likely means there is a block somewhere which could potentially lead to water back up, flooding, and damage to your gutters or roof.

What happens if my gutters get clogged?

Clogged gutters can mean a lot of things. When leaves and other debris stop water from draining through your gutters, water can pool up which may lead to roof damage. The result could mean ice buildup, a leaky roof, or in extreme cases even a collapsed roof. If the water buildup overflows and pools along the side of your home, it can also impact your foundation negatively. Particularly if that water freezes, it could mean a cracked foundation. Aside from damaging your roof and foundation, clogged gutters can also damage your gutters. Excessive buildup can eventually lead to a gutter breaking or bursting.

Gutters that are clogged up with leaves and water often attract a number of pests. Birds, bugs, and other critters can be using the buildup as a nesting area. This will only escalate your problem as you’ll just have more to clear out of your gutter.

Should I do it myself or hire a professional?

Cleaning out gutters doesn’t have to be a big job—it can certainly be done by a homeowner. However, because it does require a ladder and cleaning at dangerous heights, there are some threats. Accidental falls can lead to serious injury and expensive emergency room visits. Before you climb up your ladder, be certain that it is sturdy, level, and all the steps are in a safe condition. If you are uncomfortable with heights or don’t have the proper tools to clean out your gutter, look into hiring a professional. It is usually an affordable and quick job that can be done in an afternoon.