Chicagoland cleans gutters in November to remove thick leaf blockages and prevent water damage. But why is spring gutter cleaning so important?
Every spring, emerging trees drop millions of blossoms, seeds, buds, husks, needles and “helicopters” onto driveways and sidewalks. And they also cover vast pitched roofs to be rain-swept into narrow 4” gutters.
The result can be blocked gutters that send overflowing water into soffits, fascia, siding, window frames – even into ceilings, walls and foundations. Standing water creates wood rot that invites carpenter ants and other insects that love moist wood. Or cracked plaster and degraded interior paint. Or basement water seepage. Or cracked foundations and damage to sidewalks and driveways.
Problems can be prevented with spring gutter cleaning during May or June. Experts at Lindemann Chimney Service, probably the largest gutter cleaning company in Chicagoland with 3,000 services every year for decades, have good tips.
They say to blow debris off the entire roof so it doesn’t enter the gutters. Then carefully clean all gutters and downspouts to remove spring tree waste and branches. Inspect for any cracks or leaks. And hire a quality gutter cleaning company that’s bonded and insured to work on your roof and whose employees have rooftop safety equipment and training. They advise against DIY cleaning because it’s difficult to secure a high ladder while maneuvering powerful leaf blowers into gutter channels and downspouts.
Effective cleaning during May or June – and again in November – keeps gutters and downspouts clear and lets them safely channel away rain away. Cleaning is a small investment now to prevent nasty problems later.
For information, contact Lindemann Chimney Service at 847-918-7994 or www.cleanfireplace.com.