When’s the last time you said, “Yes! It’s time to clean the gutters?” 

We’re betting never. If you have—well, then, life is full of surprises. 

Gutter cleaning may be a task you dread, but it’s one that needs to get done anyway. This is because your home’s gutters do more than collect water. They exist to protect your home and to channel rainwater away from your roof, walls, and foundation, where it can do damage. When your gutters are filled with leaves, muck, and pine needles, they can’t do their job, and this is where trouble starts. Let’s avoid it by knowing when to clean your gutters. 

When to clean your gutters

How often and when you need to clean your gutters depends on where you live. If you live somewhere where the leaves change colors and fall, you should clean your gutters at least twice a year, in the fall and the spring. 

The fall is most important. This is when gutters fill with leaves, twigs, needles, and other debris. As the season progresses, more and more of this matter fills your gutters. If you don’t clean it out, all this muck is going to clog them. Then when the autumn rains roll in, your gutters overflow and can’t do their job in channeling water away from your home. 

Spring can also be a good time to clean your gutters, especially if you neglected it last fall or if you live near trees that drop blossoms and seeds in the spring. Think of silver maples, for instance, with their tiny light-brown helicopter seed pods. These can come raining down in May and June, filling your gutters and keeping them from doing their job properly. 

If there are pine trees on your property, you might need to clean a bit more frequently—every three months or so. Although pine trees are not deciduous—meaning that they don’t drop their leaves once a year—they do shed needles throughout the year. These tiny needles can get into your gutters and affect drainage. 

Finally, it’s also a good idea to clean your gutters after any big storms that pass through in fall or spring. These storms can sweep seeds, blossoms, leaves, and needles into your gutters, clogging them.  

Safety tips for gutter cleaning

Gutter cleaning can be dangerous. Climbing a ladder while carrying a hose, bucket, and other tools can increase the risk of missteps and falls. Gutters and the screws holding them to your home can have sharp edges, which can slice your hands. And it’s a messy job, too, with all that muck. 

Gutter cleaning tools can make the job easier, but many of them still require you to climb a ladder. Unless you’re very experienced in ladder use and have someone to hold the ladder for you, you’re still at risk of a ladder accident. And you’ll need to wear eye protection and gloves while cleaning the gutters. 

There is a safer, easier way to clean gutters without climbing a ladder, with Gutter Sense. This lightweight, easy-to-use tool attaches to a 12- to 20-foot standard extension pole, so you can reach second-story gutters without climbing a ladder. It’s highly effective on pine needles, leaves, and muck, making regular gutter cleaning easy and safe.

With Gutter Sense, you’ll be ready to tackle regular gutter cleaning, easily and safely. So you can enjoy those falling leaves, autumn storms, spring helicopters and more—knowing you’re taking care of your home with two feet safely planted on the ground.