Gutter Debris

While gutters serve to direct rain water away from your foundation and reduce damage, they frequently collect debris. It can consist of leaves, pine needles, seeds, buds, twigs, and granules from shingles.  This concoction creates very good compost or mulch.  Seeds that have fallen into gutters during springtime may find gutters with buildup a suitable home and begin to grow there if not properly removed during gutter cleaning. 

Gutter cleaning should be done a minimum of twice a year: once in spring, after heavy storms and flowering plants have spread their seeds, pods, and buds; and once in late fall, after the leaves have fallen from the trees.  Dirty gutters may lead to undermined driveways, patios, and walkways; damaged fascia, soffit, or outside walls; termite colonies; cracked foundations; leaking roofs; and mosquitoes.