On average, a mature tree can have approximately 200,000 leaves. As late summer stretches into fall, those leaves begin to change color looking gorgeous — until they drop. Along with twigs and other debris, leaves not only carpet the lawn but clog gutters creating drainage issues. Fall gutter cleaning is the solution.
Toughest Season for Gutter Cleaning
Fall can be noted as the toughest season for gutter cleaning for several reasons. In the Midwest, especially regions like the Cincinnati area, the trees, bushes, and other plants typically drop their leaves, pods, needles, and more during the fall. This natural debris blankets lawns and fills gutters from September and into December. Autumn also is one of the busiest times of the year for families, from back-to-school events, sports, and the beginning of the holiday season. It’s simply a hectic season making it difficult to find the time to attend to items like gutter cleaning.
What Happens When Gutter Cleaning is Skipped
Unfortunately, ignoring the cleaning of your home’s gutters can have serious consequences. Anytime a gutter becomes filled with debris it can clog with rainwater back up and/or overflow causing problems. In addition, birds and small animals like to build their nests in gutters with the debris and leading to more problems. Issues that often happen when gutter cleaning is skipped include:
- Broken gutters that detach from the home
- Water damage to the roof from backed up gutters
- Wood rot
- Staining on siding from the continual overflow of water
- Foundation cracks caused by overflow and rainwater that no longer diverts away from the house
- Moisture and water damage to the basement that includes mold growth
- Landscape erosion
- Ice dams in winter (which lead to water damage to the roof)
Gutters must be kept free of the leaves and other natural debris that drop during the fall or over time or a home will develop multiple issues that can costs thousands of dollars to fix.
Gutter Cleaning Frequency
On average, most homes need to have the gutters cleaned at least twice a year, with one of those cleanings taking place in the fall. However, if the property has many trees or mature trees with a heavy leaf drop, then gutter cleaning may need to be more frequent to prevent clogs. If your home has several trees that produce seeds, pods, and drop a blanket leaves weekly throughout the fall season, it may be necessary to clean the gutters more than one during this time.
Benefits of Professional Gutter Cleaning
Professional gutter cleaning offers a homeowner many benefits. A professional team has the right equipment and ability to reach the gutters easily and safely. With United Cleaning, you get peace of mind knowing that the job is done correctly the first time.
Because the fall should be a time for you and your family to enjoy the season and all its activities, let United Window Cleaning handle the gutters. Schedule your appointment today.