Dirty Gutter

5 Warning Signs Your Gutters Need Cleaning

Posted: 10/22/18 - Category: Eavestroughs & Gutters

At Nick’s Cleaning Company we have over 13 years of experience with gutters. During this time, we have realized just how crucial they are. Not cleaning your gutters can lead to some major problems such as, house damage from the rain, mold, and foundation troubles. So, here are five signs to watch for if you want to keep your home in great shape.

When It’s Time For Gutter Cleaning

Ideally gutter cleaning should be done twice a year. But at a minimum it should be done once a year. If you haven’t done any gutter cleaning for awhile or if you notice any of these signs it’s time to get call for professional gutter cleaning and repair to make sure that your gutters don’t fail:

1. Gutter Bulges: A Sign to Act Now!

broken downspoutIf you can visibly see bulges in your gutters or in a downspout that means that there is a clog in the gutters that needs to be cleaned out. The bulge could be causing the clog or it could be backed up water or melted snow. But either way that bulge is putting pressure on your existing gutters and causing backup in the gutter system. Eventually the gutter will crack or break from the pressure of the clog. Anytime that you can see a clog you should call a professional immediately.

2. Noticing Water Stains?

water damage in homeIf you start to notice wet spots on the walls in your homes, or if you see a trickle of water running down the wall or see a brown water stain the first thing that you should do is call for gutter cleaning. By the time that you can actually see the water on your walls or see water stains there is probably already quite a bit of water leaking into the structure of your home and that will need to be taken care of right away.

3. Gutters Turning Green?

plants growing in gutterIf you look at your can you see small green shoots or plants coming out of your seamless gutters? That means that there is debris inside your gutters as well other nasty things. Gutter cleaning professionals can get those plants out of there using a gutter vacuum to make that those plants are not growing over your gutters and clogging them. They also can install a leaf guard to make sure that leaves and other vegetation that can sprout can’t land inside your gutters.

4. Rainwater Waterfall from Gutters? Fix It Fast!

overflowing eavestroughIf you notice that your downspouts are spraying out a waterfall every time it rains or when snow melts you might need a downspout extension or a new downspout. A waterfall of water means that there is a clog in the downspout and that the water is getting pushed out, probably from a crack in the gutter. If you don’t take care of that an expensive gutter replacement might be in your immediate future.

5. Wildlife in Gutters?

chipmunk living in downspoutIf you can see or hear small animals running around on your roof or near your gutters you need professional gutter cleaning to get rid of the vegetation and other debris that the animals are using as bedding and food. A roof cleaning can also help get rid of the animals by getting rid of the things they need to survive. After a professional gutter cleaning it’s smart to have gutter guards or a gutter helmet installed so that you won’t end up need a full brand new gutter installation in order to keep those critters out of your gutters.

To sum it all up, keeping your gutters clean is super smart considering the price of repairs to keep your house in good shape. If you’ve noticed your gutters starting to mess up your yard, rot, or you notice critters moving in … it’s time to check your gutters!

You ABSOLUTELY can do this yourself; just take a ladder, some gloves, a hose, and maybe something to clear out the leaves and debris a little better. And be careful up there!

If you’re not into doing it yourself or if the job feels too big, no need to worry! Professional gutter cleaners can always come do the dirty work for you. They’re fast, safe, and usually get it right the first time.