How do I know if my gutter needs cleaning or not

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How do I know if my gutter needs cleaning or not

There are no leaf-falling trees around my house. Most trees in our neighborhood are evergreen trees. How do I know if my gutter needs cleaning or not? Is the only way to find out to buy a tall ladder and climb up to check?

Based on this situation, does my gutter need cleaning annually?

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Old 10-15-15, 08:07 AM
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Climbing a ladder and looking is one method. But if you don't have trees near your house then most likely you don't need your gutters cleaned. Another method is to look at your downspout and during a rain (heavy) does it let water flow freely? Do you notice any water overflow from the gutters during a rain storm?

What makes you think that you may have a problem? If you haven't had any issues with water in and around the foundation or along the siding of the house then don't worry about it.

PS...Usually pine needles will flow along with the water. But sometimes they can get too many and you will notice a blockage at the downspout where it connects at the gutter.
 
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Ok I will check next time it rains. I am not sure if I have a problem or not, just because everybody seem to be talking about cleaning their gutters(not my neighbors, people at work), I thought maybe every house needs one every year...
 
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I understand what you're saying. People come into our store continuously looking for gutter parts and guards. One would think it's an epidemic.

If one want's the aesthetics of trees near one's house then there is a cost to be burden with. That's why I don't like trees in one's yard or if there are they should planted far away from house, not in ground where water or sewer lines are, kept trimmed on a yearly basis, and use only small ornamental trees.

I have a golden locust tree that fits all of the above, but I find myself consistently having to cut major branches off every fall or spring. The thing is a weed.
 
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Old 10-15-15, 08:30 AM
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When ours need cleaning, you can tell when there's heavy raining. Ours rarely need it, so it's not a yearly thing. My mom's house had a large pine tree over it, so it needed cleaning probably more than once a year. So your coworkers either just think they need it or they have trees above.
 
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Gutters

I use a mirror on a telescoping pole to look inside my gutters. Low tech but works for me.

If you need a ladder, consider renting.
 
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Old 10-15-15, 09:47 AM
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Wheelpuller, good idea. Now that my son bought a drone, I'll have him do a yearly inspection of my roof.
 
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The gutters on my shop are probably 50' from trees yet they accumulate a good bit of leaves and needles. I clean them every year or two and am surprised by how much they need it. Yearly inspection is a good idea!
 
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