Why do I need my rain gutters cleaned?
Cleaning your rain gutter system is an important part of your home’s routine maintenance. Clogged rain gutters can cause water to back up into the walls and lead to many thousands of dollars in damage. Standing water in a clogged rain gutter is a breeding ground for mosquitoes, a concern with the spring West Nile virus and EEE season. In the winter clogged rain gutters freeze into heavy blocks of ice causing your rain gutters to pull away from your home, shortening the rain gutter systems lifespan and creating an overhead ice hazard and can lead to large ice dams and icicles. Gutter Covers (AKA Gutter Protection) can reduce or eliminate this rain gutter maintenance.
How often should I have my rain gutters cleaned?
Depending on the debris left by the trees surrounding your home, (i.e. trees with blossoms, pollen strings, leaves, pine needles, seeds, acorns, sticks, etc), it is recommended that you have your rain gutters cleaned 2-3 times a year – in the spring, early fall (October) and late fall (November/December). For homes with large amounts of leaves or pine needles a fourth cleaning in the summer is often required.
When is the best time to have my rain gutters cleaned?
The following are recommended times to clean your rain gutters. Because weather patterns are different each year a range is given for each cleaning.
- Spring – Between April and end of June to rid your gutters of an accumulation of fall and winter debris. In addition, some of the tender tree foliage is blown off the trees along with blossoms and pollen strings which because of their consistency will clog rain gutters causing them to hold water, providing a perfect breeding ground for mosquito larva.
- Mid to Late Summer – August through September because, despite the fact that most leaves are firmly attached to the trees, some still come down and end up in the rain gutters. Thunderstorms, strong winds and drought, all are strong contributors to large accumulations of leaves, pine needles, sticks and debris during the summer.
- Early Fall – October through November, leaves and needles quickly accumulate in your rain gutters and their sheer volume requires the rain gutters to be cleared.
- Late Fall (before snow arrives) – Cleaning time depends on where you live and is between late November and the first weeks of December is when most leaves are off the trees. This rain gutter cleaning is a balancing act of waiting for most leaves to be off the trees and not waiting too long so that all rain gutters freeze solid with the ice and leaves in them.
After a harsh winter how can I repair the damage to my rain gutter system from ice dams and heavy snow?
The wear and tear from ice dams and heavy snow can lead to the end of most rain gutter systems causing gutters and downspouts to pull away, corners, seams and end caps to leak. Extend the life of your rain gutter system with our “Tune-Up” service consisting of re-nailing/screwing loose gutters and downspouts. We add rain gutter hangers and screws as needed, sealing all corners, end caps, seams, and outlets. We also replace missing parts, and reconnect disconnected parts. Please call us for a quote to have your rain gutter system tuned.
Why Choose Us?
Rain or Shine has provided detailed rain gutter installation work and repairs to King,Thurston,and Pierce Counties since 2002. Our staff has more than ten years of experience and takes the time to ensure you’re happy with our rain gutter repairs and services. Contact us immediately at (253) 232-9325 when you notice that debris is stopping your rain gutters from doing their job: protecting your home.