“Wrap up” your gutter needs
If you haven’t had your gutter system maintained (cleaned and checked) in the past 6 – 12 months it is time to remedy that.
There is still enough rain and showers to easily spot some of the more obvious gutter problems (such as leaks) off the ground, by yourself, which can be repaired by professionals.
And gutter cleaning is recommended 1-2 times a year in average by trade professionals. Individual needs should be assessed in each case of course, the 1-2 times a year is just a broad average based on experience in Greater Vancouver.
A few things to consider how often you need gutter maintenance/cleaning: type and age of roof, surroundings (trees, type of trees), fill up frequency of roof valleys, frequency of precipitation, etc.
Why do I need it so often?
It’s not overflowing so I’m fine…
You wonder why this is relevant and the answer is: gutter maintenance/cleaning isn’t designed primarily to only handle overflows. Overflows happen when cleaning was not done with enough regularity or if the system is inadequate for the particular circumstances. Handling an overflow is just “putting out the fire”.
The purpose of gutter cleaning is two fold: to keep your gutter system functioning (no overflows and resulting floods) AND to extend its life span. The debris left in the gutters eats away at the material of the gutter causing its faster wear and tear.