Unless emptied after the after the fall and winter storms, gutters can become nurseries for baby trees. Open gutters with trees in the vicinity will need to be cleaned on occasion in order to function properly. The frequency of cleaning needed will depend on the conditions but typically gutters need cleaning at least annually and not uncommonly, twice per year.
The purpose of the gutters is to collect the water flowing off the roof and direct it away from the structure. If water is obstructed, whether by debris collecting behind the chimney, above a skylight or in the gutters, there is an increased chance of water finding it’s way where it shouldn’t, causing damage which may require costly repairs.
When cleaning the gutters we like to take the opportunity to sweep the roofs with a blower, inspect them for damage or moss and clear any valleys or other areas where debris has accumulated. We also check to see that the downspouts are not plugged.
In addition to emptying gutters of debris, we also like to clean the exterior surfaces of the gutter on occasion. This extra step is often overlooked but can make a huge improvement to the appearance of a home and is typically fairly easy to do.
We can often re-attach loose gutters to the house, install certain types of leaf guard and seal minor leaks but for major gutter repair or replacement we recommend Vashon Gutter Service (owned by Ed Palmer Construction). They can be reached at 206-463-4111.