One of the most important components of a home’s roofing system is its rain gutters and yet homeowners often neglect them until a problem arises. When they get ignored or neglected, they get clogged up with leaves and other debris. As result, they start to cause a number or other problems that quickly become an inconvenience as well as a nightmare to repair. Gutters that have been clogged up with leaves, twigs, and other debris can lead to a leaking roof and eventually severe water damage.

Clogged rain gutters and drains allow water to seep into areas of the home wherein exterior and interior damage can result. Furthermore, when rain gutters get clogged, it creates the perfect home for mold, pests, and rodents. It also provides shelter for bees, hornets, and wasps to build their nests. The bottom line is that it costs the homeowner nothing to keep their rain gutters clear (unless they hire someone to do the work). But if left unattended, it could cost the homeowner thousands in damages and repairs.

How often should Rain Gutters be cleaned?

The frequency with which rain gutters should be cleaned depends on the geographical location of the home. It also depends on how many trees are situated on the property, especially those that are closest to the structure. Spring and fall are the prime times to clean rain gutters to improve the roofing strength and durability in San Mateo. These are the times when heavy build-up is most likely to occur. The downspouts should also be cleaned as well. If the homeowner is unable to do it on their own, it helps to call in the experts that can work quickly and efficiently while checking the roof for any other damage.

What can be installed to prevent Build-up?

Installing gutter screens or leaf guards can significantly reduce the need for performing rain gutter maintenance. However, this will not eliminate the problem entirely. As a rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to inspect the condition and quality of a home’s gutter screens or leaf guards every 2 to 3 years. It’s still a good idea to check these devices frequently as these are not a cure-all for the problem and can still allow a small amount of debris to collect in the gutters.

DIY or call a Professional?

It goes without saying that unless a homeowner is a skilled DIY’er that they should rely on experienced professionals to clean a home’s rain gutters. Cleaning rain gutters is messy work and requires eye protection, gloves, a ladder, and the proper clothing. Plus, it won’t be any fun for a person who is scared of heights. To ensure that the job is done properly, always hire a professional.