Many customers ask us, “What is the best time of year to get the guttering cleaned out?” Our answer is always the same; “It depends.” Before you click away and stop reading, let us give you a little more information on some factors which will help you decide when is the best time to get your guttering cleaned out.
Firstly, an important point to note is that if you have your guttering cleaned out once a year, it really doesn’t matter what time of year they are cleaned out because they will never have enough time unattended to allow them to get completely blocked. At GutterJunk, we send a email once a year to our customers to remind them that their guttering is due to be cleaned out again. Annual cleaning prevents the build up of debris in your guttering which can cause blockages, broken guttering and penetrating damp, all of which can be costly to fix.
If you would still like to know what time of year, then here are a few points about each season to note:
Spring showers can be heavy and will wash silt, sand and fine debris from the roof into the guttering. This debris can block guttering easily, weighs a lot and provides a perfect bed for seedlings to take root.
Summer brings growth and lots of it! This is when you are most likely to notice plants and grass growing out of your guttering. These plants are blocking the flow of water and with our summer rain at times, it won’t be long before the water is overflowing.
Leaves, leaves, leaves! Add to this stronger winds and if you have trees near your home, your gutters are likely to be full. Add rain to the mix and these leaves turn to rotten mush, a perfect filler for your downspouts!
By this stage, the contents of your guttering will have died and the decomposing debris will slow down the flow of water, which in turn will freeze in the cold conditions. This adds unnecessary weight and strain to your gutter system, which can lead to breakages, leaks and overflows.
So no matter what time of year it is, if your guttering hasn’t been cleaned out within the last year, it would be well worth your while to get them checked out. If you would like a instant quotation to do so, you can get one at gutterjunk.co.uk/book.