Were you picking up around the yard and took a quick look at your gutters? If you’re wondering if it’s time to schedule your gutter cleaning, here are five clear signs that there is no time to delay! Find a location near you to schedule your gutter cleaning with our team of gutter cleaning professionals.
Do You See Green Growing Out of Your Gutters?
One sure sign that dirt and leaves have clogged your gutters is that tiny trees and grass are showing up on the edge of your roof. Once gutters stop rinsing themselves clean after every rainfall, they actually provide the perfect place for seeds to germinate and take root. It doesn’t matter if your gutters are aluminum or plastic; both kinds can turn into roof-mounted planters.
Are the Gutters Sagging Along the Eaves?
Once the downspout is clogged, fluid will start to collect in the gutters. The weight of the water will make your gutters sag, eliminating the angle needed for effective drainage. This is more common when you have plastic gutters made out of a flexible material. Once the gutters are sagging, the mounting points may start to pull free from the wall.
Are You Getting Dripped On when You Walk Out Your Front Door?
When they are working properly, your gutter redirects water running down your roof and stops it from landing directly on your front step or porch. If your head is getting wet when you step outside, the gutter has stopped draining. The water will just simply spill over the edge. You might not get so grumpy about your gutters when they are maintained and doing their job.
Did You Notice New Stains on the Gutters and Siding?
The water that rolls off your roof is not crystal clear or clean. Not only does it include pollutants collected in the atmosphere, but it will also gather dirt and grime sitting on your roof. Once your clogged gutters begin to drip over the sides, you may see rusty stains start to appear on your siding and the gutters. Now, not only do you need to have the gutters cleared, you will need to pay for an additional power wash for the siding.
Can’t Remember the Last Gutter Cleaning?
Perhaps you haven’t noticed any problems with the gutters, but you also cannot recall the last time that particular chore was on your weekend to-do list. This means that any day you could drive up and see sagging gutters, waterfalls in all the wrong places, and dirty siding.
How Often Should I Have My Gutters Cleaned?
No matter if you live in the Northeast, where maple leaves drop at an alarming rate, or in the Southwest, where a sandstorm can leave your driveway covered in dust, your gutters should be cleared out twice a year. Once in the Spring to remove any debris dropped in them from Winter storms and again in the Fall after the leaves are done coming down.
What Happens if My Gutters are Clogged and Drip?
Your gutters and downspouts serve to direct water away from your foundation and basement. That can reduce the chance of flooding and prevent water damage. If you just leave your gutters to fill up with dirt, twigs, and leaves, you allow more moisture to build up against your foundation. That can lead to seepage and, ultimately, cracks. Fixing a foundation will cost far more than have the gutters properly maintained.
If you are concerned about your gutters’ condition, our team of professional gutter cleaning experts are here to take on the tough job of cleaning them out. Our crews arrive with all the equipment needed, from sturdy ladders to power washers that will rinse the gutters clean in just an hour or two. If your siding has been stained, we can give the whole house a quick wash, too. Connect with your local Squeegee Squad using just a quick click today.