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How Often Do Your Gutters Really Need to be Cleaned?

When was the last time you checked your gutters for debris, rust, cracks, or any other damage?

If you can’t remember, either it’s been a really, really long time, or you may never have done an inspection since the day you moved into your house.

Which is not a good sign.

Gutter cleaning is certainly one of the most essential maintenance work (yet also one of the most neglected) in a house or property.

It’s equally important as any other type of routine maintenance but most homeowners often ignore this task for some reason. Well, it’s probably because unless your gutters are obviously not working, you don’t really notice a smooth operating gutter system.

If you’re guilty of neglecting your gutters, you might want to schedule an inspection, repair, or cleaning as soon as possible. Trust us, doing these things, especially gutter cleaning, will help you avoid bigger problems and will save you a tonne of money in the future.

How often do you actually need to clean your gutters?

Normally, gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year. And we recommend doing it in spring and around autumn.

However, this is still on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes you might have to clean your gutters more than twice a year. And that’s because there are other factors that you must also consider:

  • Frequency of storms or inclement weather in your area
  • Number of large trees near your house

Having your gutters cleaned after a storm is definitely necessary.

After a night of heavy rain, do you immediately notice small leaks on your ceiling and/or overflowing in the gutters? That’s an obvious sign to clean your gutters.

And even if you don’t see these signs, you still need to check up on them to check for accumulated dirt and leaves brought by the heavy rains and strong winds.

Another factor that can affect the frequency of gutter cleaning is the abundance of trees in your neighbourhood.

If your house is surrounded by huge trees that shed leaves like a German shepherd, you’ll need to maintain your gutters more than twice a year.

Eucalyptus and pine trees are only some of the species that shed leaves all year round. If you have these in your neighbourhood, fallen leaves will be your number one problem.

The leaves can get stuck to your gutters and cause water pooling and, eventually, cracking and rusting. You can also mitigate this risk by installing leaf guards in to your gutter system.

What happens if you don’t clean your gutters?

Not maintaining your gutters will cause you a world of pain and headaches. If you don’t have your gutters cleaned regularly, below are only some of the frustrating things that can happen to your house.

1. Your home’s structural integrity can be compromised

Rainwater that seeped in through the little cracks in your gutters can damage your house over time. Water leaks can soften your roofing, shingles, soffit, and fascia boards until everything’s deteriorated and covered in mould.

But it doesn’t end there. These water issues can spread to your attic or roof cavity and into your internal walls and even into the foundation of your home.

Eventually, you’ll see significant structural damage in your walls which will end up with you needing to pay a pretty high price to get them fixed – and trust us, this cost is much higher than the total cost of maintaining your gutters regularly.

2. Pests will take over your house

When it comes to perfect breeding grounds for insects and pests, dirty gutters are the holy grail.

As you already know, the clogged up organic materials (which pests feed off of) and rainwater that pooled inside the channel can be very inviting for insects.

If you don’t clean your gutters regularly, expect these pests infesting your house and calling it their home:

  • Termites
  • Carpenter ants
  • Roaches
  • Mosquitoes
  • Critters and so much more

If that happens, you’ll need to hire pest extermination services which, again, are a lot more costly than cleaning your gutters often.

3. The gorgeous landscaping will be damaged

Aside from water pooling, clogged up materials like leaves, tree flowers, animal manure, and grime can cause sagging and overflow.

The overflowing of rainwater can destroy the soil that’s underneath the gutters. What’s even worse is if you have flowering plants and bushes growing in that area. Overflowing can easily damage these plants and destroy your landscaping.

To avoid this, you have to do routine maintenance and install gutter guards.

Gutter guards can solve a big chunk of your problem as they prevent the leaves and other organic materials from getting stuck in your gutters. If the gutter isn’t clogged up, the chance of water pooling and overflowing is minimal.

However, you still need to check your gutters and downpipes regularly. If you neglect gutter maintenance and let small damages slide…

4. You will have to replace the entire gutter system

Take our word when we say we’ve met so many clients who initially asked for a quote for cleaning, but when we inspected the house, there’s no cleaning that can salvage the gutters.

So, we ended up agreeing to replace the damaged gutters. It was all too late.

That’s why we recommend routine cleaning and repairing at the first sign of gutter leaks. Maintenance is a lot easier on the pocket than replacing your gutters altogether.

Although you will need to change your gutters eventually, it’s still paramount that you take care of your gutters as much as you can.

This way, you won’t have to face any of the problems and headaches we just mentioned.

How do you know when’s the best time for gutter replacement?

Approximately, an entire gutter system may last up to 20 years if maintained properly.

But sometimes you don’t even have to wait for two decades to give your house some new upgrades. Especially if you have obvious or significant damage to your gutters.

Here are some of the signs that you should watch out for:

  • Sagging
  • Visible cracks
  • Peeling paint

If you see any damage like this to your gutters, then it’s time to have them inspected and consider replacing them.

Contact Gutterlines for gutter cleaning and replacement in Sydney!

If you live in Sydney and you need to have your gutters cleaned or repaired, we’re just the right people to talk to.

We have more than 20 years of experience in cleaning, repairing, and installing gutter systems throughout the city!

Our hands-on approach and consistent quality service also make us one of the most recommended guttering companies in all of Sydney.

Check out the areas that we cover.

Aside from gutter maintenance, we also offer other services like:

  • Premium quality gutter and downpipe installations
  • Custom box gutters and installations
  • Gutters and downpipe replacement
  • Guttering restoration and repairs
  • Timber fascia repairs and replacement
  • Barge repairs
  • Fascia, barge, and gutter protection systems

If you need any of these services, you can get in touch with us here or you can call us at 02 8677 3373 to get a free and non-obligation quote!

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