Gutters are the workhorses of homes. When running clear, they quickly take away water to the storm water system. But how often should you clean your gutters? To work out how often your gutters need attention, you first need to know what washes into them.
The most common reason people clean their gutters is due to a build up of tree litter. If you are in an open suburban area, with not many trees, then cleaning your gutters once a year is generally enough. However, if you have overhanging or large trees, you may find your gutters get clogged more frequently – and you may need to have your gutters cleaned every six months.
Tree litter is not the only problem. Wayward kids’ tennis balls can clog stormwater pipes. Rats or birds can take up residence in your gutters and build comfy nests of twigs and leaves. And severe storms can blow all sorts of things onto your roof and then into your gutters from kilometres away.
Keep an eye out for overhanging leaves, plant growth, rust spots, leaks and overflow from your gutters, if this happens regularly you need to clean your gutters more often. Or, ask as professional plumber to inspect your roof condition and as a result of what he finds, he can advise how often you need to clean your gutters.