Here’s Why It’s so Important to Clean Your Gutters in the Fall

Next Monday marks the first day of fall. It’s time for crisp air, pumpkin spice everything and—you guessed it—falling leaves. While the leaves may be pretty, they also clog up your gutters.

This is just one reason why it’s so important to thoroughly clean your gutter system in the fall.

While dry leaves typically won’t cause too many problems in gutters, that will change as soon as the season’s first big rainstorm arrives. Gutters and downspouts that are clogged with wet leaves prevent rain from draining properly away from your home. With nowhere to go, the rainwater will overflow, exposing your home’s siding, soffits and foundation to excess moisture. Over time, overflowing gutters can contribute to costly water damage that will make you wish you cleaned them when you had the chance!

Moreover, stagnant rainwater and debris will start to eat away at the material of your gutters if left too long. This can cause leaks to develop in your gutters, which will contribute to additional water damage when water pools around your foundation.

Still not convinced you need to clean your gutters this fall? Just wait until winter, when all of that rainwater and debris freezes over. At this point, water from melting snow can start to seep through your roof, causing even more damage.

Tired of climbing up a ladder to clean your gutters each season?

The Gutter Helmet gutter guard system can effectively prevent debris from accumulating in your gutters, significantly reducing the frequency with which you’ll need to clean them. Just give us a call or contact us online today to receive your free, no-obligation consultation and estimate.