dreamstime_xxl_34014628Many people are surprised to learn that their gutters can easily become clogged, even in extended periods of fair weather. It only takes a handful of leaves, pine needles, or other types of debris to render your gutter system nearly useless. With blocked up gutters, rainwater has nowhere else to go but over the sides, spilling onto the ground along the exterior of your home. This can cause potentially costly damage to your home’s siding or even to the foundation in extreme circumstances. That’s why it’s so important to have your gutters cleaned. But how often should gutter cleanings be done?

Ideally…

In an ideal situation, your gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year. Late spring and late fall are good times to schedule a cleaning, but if you have a problem with debris buildup, then you should perhaps schedule cleanings a bit more frequently. The important thing is to make sure that your gutters are clear of anything that has found its way in. Also be aware of animal activity, as birds, squirrels, and other small animals have been known to build nests in or around gutters.

But my gutters are fine, I don’t need to have them professionally cleaned.

We hate to be contrary, but this isn’t exactly true. All boats seem seaworthy when they are in port, but what happens when the rains come? Sure, your gutters might be fine now, but heavy rain and snow can reveal weaknesses or blockages in your gutter system at an extremely inopportune time. Have you ever tried to unclog your own gutters during a rainstorm? Take it from us, it isn’t the most pleasant of experiences.

It is also important to have clean gutters because, as we mentioned previously, runoff can damage your home. Too much water can damage your siding and can pool around your foundation, potentially causing cracks or leaking into subterranean levels. Stagnant water in left in gutters can also begin to rot and mold, potentially damaging your roof and shingles.

Service You Can Trust

Now that we have you convinced, you are probably wondering who to turn to for gutter cleaning services. Don’t worry, we’ve got your covered. Sno-King Contractors, LLC is Bellevue’s Top Rated Local® Roofing and Gutter Contractor. We know how important your home is to you, so don’t trust the integrity of your home’s exterior to just any contractor. Contact us for more information today.