Gutter cleaning can be a hassle, but not clearing out the dirt and grime trapped in your troughs could be detrimental to your home. With Autumn in full-swing, homeowners know that tons of leaves and branches are getting buried into their gutters day after day. It is imperative to make sure that debris is removed before winter comes and here’s why.

Leaves Pile Up In Your Gutters

All those beautiful golden and red leaves stemming from the tall trees near your home will soon fall off and many will end up in your gutters. As soon as you get hit with the first heavy rain storm, your gutters won’t be able to drain the water out properly because of the leaves. This will likely cause your gutters to overflow and potentially can cause water damage to the foundation of your home.

Healthy Gutters = Happy Wallet

Gutters are not cheap to replace which is why regular gutter maintenance is so important. A small investment of time and money now will save you a ton in the future.

If you live in a place surrounded by trees, you’re definitely going to have to clean your gutters a lot more often than those who live in desert climates. Most trees lose leaves in the fall, which makes a fall cleaning essential. If you have pine or any other needle trees, you might need to clean them 3 to 4 times a year.

Winter Is On It’s Way

If you don’t clear out your gutters before winter, all that debris and water will freeze when the temperature drops. When it’s frozen, any water from melting snow has nowhere to go, and can seep through your roof, causing water damage. This can also make your gutters heavier, which could cause them to sag. The extra weight can cause your gutters to completely fall down, which would mean you will need to replace or reinstall them.