Smart Gutter Care to Prevent Clogs and Backups All Year

When planning to enhance your home’s curb appeal, you’re probably envisioning pristine landscaping and a new paved walkway. However, regularly maintaining your gutters so that they stay clear and free flowing all year round is an important part of keeping your house structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing.

Improperly functioning gutters can lead to many costly and unpleasant repairs for your home and property. When your gutters become clogged, water overflows, potentially damaging your roof, siding, and foundation. This overflow can also seep into your foundation, causing cracks, mold growth, and structural damage. Debris buildup can weigh down your gutters, leading to gutters sagging, pulling away from the house. Water overflow from clogged gutters can also erode soil and damage plants and landscaping near your home’s foundation.

You can avoid these water damage issues by simply taking the time to take care of your gutters and downspouts, so that they stay free flowing and move water away from your house, protecting your home.

  1. Gutter Cleaning Timing


Plan regular gutter cleaning at least twice a year to remove leaves, twigs, and debris from your gutters at least twice a year, ideally in spring or fall, to prevent clogs. If you have a lot of trees on your property, you may need to clear out your gutters more frequently. We highly recommend bringing in trained gutter cleaning professionals to do the job safely and effectively as gutter cleaning is a very dangerous job. We use the latest in special footwear, ladder friction devices, and training to prevent slips and falls that can be life altering.


  1. Tree Care


Maintain the trees around your home. This includes cutting back branches that hang over your roof and gutter system to prevent leaves, pine needles, and other debris from falling into your gutters and from damaging your roof gutters and siding.


  1. Gutter Inspection


Regularly inspect your gutters and downspouts throughout the year, especially after storms, in order to ensure they remain clear and functioning properly. Make sure that your downspouts extend at least 5 feet away from your home’s foundation to direct water away effectively.


  1. Gutter Protection


To further prevent backups, consider extra gutter protection to keep leaves and debris out of your gutters, while allowing water to flow through. Metro Roof & Gutter offers several products to keep your gutters clean and efficient. Our Shur-Flo guards feature small hole openings to minimize debris entry, and are securely screwed to the gutter lip for stability. Aluminum screens, which are also screwed to the gutter lip, are also a very durable option which are notched and overlapped to prevent debris buildup. For ultimate protection, our LeafBlasterPro system uses stainless steel micro-mesh to keep out leaves, pests, and roof grit, ensuring long-lasting performance and superior water flow even in severe weather. It is important to note that regular maintenance, including cleaning leaf guards at least twice a year, is essential for optimal gutter performance.


Contact Metro Roof & Gutter for Gutter Cleaning, Maintenance, and Repair in Northern Virginia


Metro Roof & Gutter provides professional gutter cleaning services to the entire DC metro area including Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. Our thorough maintenance includes unclogging your gutters and downspouts, bagging all the debris, and ensuring that your gutter system  flows freely. We also complete a free inspection of gutters, roof, siding, and deck with every gutter cleaning.


Protect your home from damage with a well-maintained gutter and downspout system. Let us assist you with all of your roofing requirements, including gutter cleaning, repair, replacement, and inspection. Get a competitive quote from us today!