Why Clean Your Gutters? – Q&A With Aadams Tree and Landscaping

We answer our client's questions about cleaning their gutters.
We answer our client's questions about cleaning their gutters.

We get a lot of questions from our clients about rain gutters and why they should go through the expense of keeping their gutters clean from leaves and debris.

Here are some of the most common questions we get asked and our answers.

What is the purpose of rain gutters and do I need them on my house?

The main purpose of a rain gutter is to funnel water off the roof and away from the home. Most building codes do not require a homeowner to have gutters installed on their house and not all homes need a gutter system. Gutter systems may not be needed in arid climates and areas not subject to periods of heavy rains. On the other hand, the wetter the climate the more you need a properly functioning gutter system.

Why is it important to keep rain gutters clear of debris?

Gutters are a vital part of your home’s well-being.  They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation, and landscape. The purpose of a gutter is to carry water away from a building to a good drainage area. If a gutter gets clogged up by leaves and dirt, however, it can completely stop or slow down the drainage off your roof, causing more damage than you may be aware of until it is too late.

What can happen if I don’t clean out my gutters?

There are a variety of costly damages caused by clogged and overflowing gutters. Keeping your gutters clean can help you avoid costly repairs for such things as:

  • Roof damage
  • Damage to the interior and fascia of your house because of leaks
  • Basement flooding
  • Landscape erosion
  • Foundation cracks

Also, dried leaves that build up in your gutters can be a fire hazard!

Clogged gutters can lead to many problems.

When should I have my gutters cleaned?

Many experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year– once in the late spring and once in the late summer or early fall. But there are a few factors that might warrant them getting cleaned more often. If you have pine trees growing above your house, then it would be good to consider inspecting your gutters every 3 months.

How much does it cost to have my gutters cleaned?

We know many homeowners do this messy job on their own. But there are some good reasons why you should have a professional do it for you. A professional cleaner will do the work quickly by using safety equipment and by knowing how to handle heights. Especially if you have more than a single story house you really should really consider calling a professional to handle the job for you.

How much it will cost depends on many variables, such as the size of your house and the kind of gutters you have. At Aadams Tree and Landscaping we would be happy to give you an estimate. Just call us today and talk with our friendly Woodinville office team about your needs and we’ll have your gutters ready for one of our great Pacific Northwest springs in no time!

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