Most people don’t think very much about gutters. Let’s face it—it would be weird if they did. However, while most of us don’t think too often about our gutters, they do happen to be a very important part of a house’s well-being…especially if you live in an area with plenty of rain. Gutters control the flow of rainwater so that your home doesn’t get water-damaged. They protect your roof, foundation, walls, and yard. But while they’re incredibly helpful, they can also turn into a huge mess if they’re neglected.

At MasterWorks Painters, we’ve been called often to repair gutters. This typically happens when the gutters are blown around by severe weather, but there are other things that can cause gutter problems. Again, if gutters are left neglected, you’re asking for trouble.

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Gutters that are clogged up with leaves, sticks, and other debris can make your roof leak, which will result in water damage in or outside your home. Not only this, but gutters filled with leaves and things attract rodents, pests, bees, and mold. Just imagine all that above your head!

So, How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?

How often do leaves fall in your area? What types of leaves are they? These are important things to know because some types of leaves fall more often and can cause more damage, but if you’re not sure, a safe bet is to clean your gutters every four months—and more if it seems like a lot of leaves are falling.

While you can clean your gutters yourself, it’s important to have a professional come to clean the downspouts. A clogged downspout can cause rainwater to back up and might overflow the gutter, which can damage your home or property. It’s also important to know that cleaning gutters can be dangerous. In 2009, falls from ladders sent more than 240,000 Americans to the ER.

At MasterWorks Painters, we are experts at installing and repairing gutters. We provide excellent, professional service to get your home where you want it to be. We work on both residences and commercial properties in Fairfax, Vienna, Oakton, Ashburn, and the surrounding areas of Virginia. If you need your gutters repaired or some new ones installed, feel free to contact us at (703) 263-3302 today.