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How often to clean gutters? | A realistic approach

How Often and When to Clean Gutters

Let the truth be said… homeowners will only deal with their gutters when something is wrong, correct?!

Yeah, that used to be true, but as a gutter expert, I truly think times are changing, and homeowners are becoming more responsible with their gutters than ever.

In a realistic approach, cleaning gutters will depend on some factors. And these factors only will determine how many times a year a gutter cleaning will be needed.

Factors that Determine How Often to Clean Gutters

Based on our expertise and experience as gutter cleaners, there are three main groups of factors that will determine how many times your gutters need to be cleaned. But if you still think it’s not important, read about the importance of gutter cleaning on our help page.

Surrounding Trees
Weather Variations
Different Houses

Surrounding Trees and Vegetation

The first factors directly connected with gutter cleaning, are trees and the surrounding vegetation of a home. The number of trees around, or their proximity, will cause gutters to clog faster.

Leaves Falling

Falling Leaves

If your home is surrounded by trees that shed leaves frequently, these leaves can easily accumulate in the gutters, causing blockages that prevent water from flowing properly (clogged gutters). As a result, you may need to clean your gutters more frequently to prevent damage to your home.

Pine Needles

Pine Needles

Trees such as pine trees are known for shedding needles year-round, which can quickly fill up your gutters and create blockages. If you have pine trees surrounding your home, you may need to clean your gutters more often to prevent clogs.

Overhanging Branches

Overhanging Branches

If there are overhanging branches near your roof and gutters, they can drop leaves and other debris onto your roof and gutters, leading to clogs and potential damage. Trimming these branches can help prevent debris from accumulating in your gutters.


Pest Infestations

Trees and high vegetation can also attract pests such as rodents and birds that can build nests in your gutters. These nests can cause clogs and lead to potential water damage if not removed promptly.

Overall, trees and high vegetation can significantly impact the frequency to clean your gutters. But it doesn’t stop here, there is more to influence in a routine gutter cleaning schedule.

Climate and Weather Conditions

The second group of factors that will determine how often you should clean your gutters is associated with the weather conditions and different seasons. Check the different seasons below, and why a regular cleaning will need to take place, even if that’s is going to cost two or more gutter cleanings a year!


Springtime comes with a few warning signs. Why? Because it is the closer season pass winter. All of that melting snow, plus the rainy periods, will make it easier to detect dripping gutters if they're not draining properly, or even unclean gutters, with clogged downspouts.

This is the most important time of the year for professional gutter cleaners. Professionals will quickly detect problems and fix them to prevent significant damage.

Chances are, your gutters need cleaning at this time of the year. As the snow accumulates on trees, they force branches down, right above the gutters, bringing branches and remaining leaves right into your gutters.


Summer brings increased rainfall and thunderstorms, which can cause excess water to flow through your gutters. If your gutters are clogged, water can overflow and cause damage to your home's foundation, siding, and exterior walls.

Summer is also a time when insects and other pests are more active, and clogged gutters can provide a breeding ground for these pests. Mosquitoes, ants, and other insects can thrive in standing water, which can accumulate in clogged gutters.

Summer is another important time to clean your gutters, as it follows the spring season when trees and other vegetation are growing and shedding debris. It discourage pest infestations and keep water drainage functional for heavy rains.


We don't need to mention the importance of gutter maintenance in the fall. This is the most important time of the year to get your gutters cleaned since leaves fall, sometimes, entirely up your roof, causing gutters to clog easily, and faster than ever.

The solution is to have at least one cleaning at some point through the Fall. Falling leaves can be so excessive, that homeowners may opt to have their gutters cleaned more than once.

This is also a good preparation for the winter. Gutters are harder to remove debris when they are frozen. Not to mention it could become 3x more expensive to have pro cleaners over during winter months.


As said, it is no secret that gutters should be well-cleaned before winter. A lot of homeowners choose to wait for that last leave to fall, and that very often results in a sudden change of season. Prices will go higher and services become more difficult.

A good practice for the winter is to leave your gutter uncovered by the snow. Clean gutters don't accumulate ice! But falling snow can easily fill your gutters, and as soon as the temperature drops, you have a common problem known as ice dams.

Having your roof snow removed after storms can prevent ice-dams formation. Even if the roof is partially cleaned, focusing right at the edges, should prevent ice dams.

Time and Different Homes

Our third and last group of factors that will influence how long you should take to clean your gutters, is related to the time of use, and different home aspects, such as roof pitch and design, home location, etc. That also will dictate how long it takes to perform your gutter cleaning.

Age and Condition of the Gutter System

The age and condition of your gutter system can also affect how often you should clean your gutters. Older gutters may be more prone to rust or corrosion, making them more susceptible to damage and clogs. Similarly, gutters that have been damaged by extreme weather conditions or improper installation may require more frequent cleaning to prevent further damage.

Roof Pitch and Design

The pitch and design of your roof can also impact how often you should clean your gutters. Homes with flat roofs may require more frequent cleaning, as water tends to pool on the roof and overflow into the gutters. Similarly, homes with steeply pitched roofs may require more frequent cleaning, as debris can slide down the roof and accumulate in the gutters.

Home Location and Exposure

Finally, the location and exposure of your home can also impact how often you should clean your gutters. Homes that are located near construction sites or major highways may require more frequent cleaning due to the higher amount of dust and debris in the air. Similarly, homes that are located in areas with high winds or storms may require more frequent cleaning to prevent damage from flying debris.

Is it possible to avoid a gutter cleaning process routine?

The short answer is no. Even though many homeowners think there’s a way to keep the gutter clean for an entire year, any type of protection applied may also accumulate debris on top of the gutter.

If not, it can easily serve as a slide for the water, which will pass right above some protection systems, and fall over undesired places, or objects.

There is no such thing as a gutter protection system. There are gutter guards or leaf guards though. These are a type of protection that is installed above gutters, allowing the passage of water, while filtering debris exteriorly.

What is the best gutter guards can do?

The best gutter guards will do in most cases, is to delay and save you some money and time in between cleanings.

It is still very important to have a professional cleaner looking through everything, especially looking for clogged gutters underneath any installed protection.

Exactly When to Clean Gutters?

Ideally, clean your gutters twice a year to ensure they function properly and protect your home from water damage. The best times to clean your gutters in Massachusetts are:

  1. Late Spring: Cleaning your gutters in late spring is essential because it follows the winter season when snow and ice melt, potentially causing debris to accumulate in your gutters.

    By cleaning them in late spring, you can remove any accumulated debris and ensure water flows freely through your gutters and downspouts during the spring rain showers.

  2. Late Fall: In Massachusetts, the fall season brings falling leaves and other debris from nearby trees. These leaves can accumulate in your gutters and cause clogs, leading to water damage.

    Cleaning your gutters in late fall, after most of the leaves have fallen, ensures that your gutters are clear of debris and ready to handle the winter snow and ice.

However, if your home is surrounded by many trees or if you experience significant storms, you might need to clean your gutters more frequently. In such cases, it’s essential to monitor your gutters and clean them as needed to prevent clogs and potential damage to your home.

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