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Gutter Cleaning FAQs

January 20, 2024
Amanda Curry
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Gutter cleaning may seem like a simple task, but it’s not as easy as the pros make it look! If you’re considering DIY rain gutter cleaning, check out these frequently asked questions. By the end, you might just consider making the job a little easier on yourself by hiring a pro!

How often do I need to clean my gutters?

A regular gutter cleaning schedule is vital for your gutter system to maintain optimum performance. Once in the spring and once in the fall is typically enough for the average home without a multitude of trees in the area. However, if your home is surrounded by trees, you may need to clean them even more often!

How will I know when my rain gutters need to be cleaned?

You may notice some areas of your gutter begin to overflow when it rains, or your downspouts may not have any water drained out of them. This means you have clogged gutters. You may also begin to see the debris building up over the top of your gutter, in which case, you have badly clogged gutters that need to be taken care of immediately. Ideally, you should clean your gutters on a regular schedule so you won’t have to guess when they need taken care of. Additionally, it is important to note that gutter cleaning is necessary even if you do not have trees. Shingle grit can collect over time, pests may make nests in your gutters, and organic debris like pollen and dirt may collect up there, as well.

How do I tackle cleaning rain gutters myself?

Here at LeafFilter, we highly discourage homeowners from cleaning rain gutters themselves. There are a few reasons why. First and foremost is the issue of safety. In order to clean your gutters, you must climb a ladder, which can lead to serious injuries. Also keep in mind that you can never be certain what you’ll find lurking up in your gutter system – anything from bees’ nests to opossums, and more can make a home up there. This also poses a significant safety risk.

The other drawback of DIY gutter cleaning is due to a lack of training and proper tools. A professional gutter cleaner spends every day cleaning rain gutters. In addition to safely and properly cleaning your gutters, they’ll also be able to identify any other issues you may not have been aware of, such as rotting fascia board, or leaking gutters.

How long does it take to clean gutters?

This largely depends on the size of your home, as well as the number of levels it has. If you opt for DIY gutter cleaning, it can take several hours to clean your gutters. Unfortunately, owners of homes with two or more stories often neglect hard-to-reach gutters. Why? Standard ladders are often too short to reach certain levels of the home, and oftentimes landscaping prevents easy access. Neglecting or foregoing gutter cleaning altogether is a dangerous game to play, however⁠—it can result in some costly damages to your roof and foundation.

What are typical gutter cleaning prices?

Gutter cleaning prices vary depending on the size of your home and the number of levels it has. You may find that gutter cleaning prices also depend on the size of the crew that will be servicing your gutters. For the best possible pricing, it is best to request a free estimate upfront. Beware of companies that provide pricing without first assessing the issue on-site⁠—this can result in the team discovering areas of particular concern that halt progress or turn into surprise charges on your bill.

What happens if I decide not to clean my clogged gutters?

Ignoring clogged gutters can have serious consequences. When water overshoots your gutters due to debris buildup, the water will fall to the base of your home. This can cause a whole host of problems like landscape erosion, flooding, foundation issues, and mold growth. On a much less serious note, clogged gutters are also unsightly, and detract from your home’s curb appeal.

How can I avoid climbing a ladder while gutter cleaning?

There are several gutter cleaning tools on the market that claim to allow you to clean gutters without a ladder. In reality, many of these tools are ineffective, and some may make existing problems even worse. Unfortunately, for those living in a multi-story home, there’s really no reliable way to clean your gutters without the help of a ladder. If you’re worried about falling off the ladder, call a pro to take care of the task for you.

How can I avoid cleaning rain gutters altogether?

A reliable gutter protection system like LeafFilter will help you ditch cleaning rain gutters for good. LeafFilter is topped with a water-permeable stainless steel screen that allows it to effectively accept and manage water. LeafFilter is also backed by a lifetime, transferable warranty, so you can relax without the worry of clogged gutters hanging over your head.

But, be warned, not all gutter protection systems are made the same. LeafFilter is the number one rated gutter protection system by a leading consumer reports publication and is loved by homeowners across North America.

If cleaning your gutter system sounds like too much of a hassle, invest in LeafFilter today. Request your free estimate by filling out the form on our site.