Why Fall Is the Perfect Time to Pressure Wash Your Gutters
What does your fall checklist look like this year? If you’re like most, you’re probably looking forward to hayrides, apple picking, hiking, and more. Though not as enjoyable as these aforementioned activities, gutter cleaning is an important addition to your autumn plans. Indeed, there’s still time to make various improvements to your home’s exterior, and gutter cleaning happens to be one of the most important tasks to tackle in the fall. This isn’t to say that fall offers the only prime time to pressure wash gutters, of course -- in a previous blog, “Why Spring Is a Great Time for Gutter Cleaning,” we go over the many merits of clearing your gutters during the season of revival. If you heeded our advice and last cleaned your gutters in the spring, we’re now at the six-month mark, meaning it’s time to do it again. After all, most experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year.
Let’s explain why fall is the perfect time to pressure wash your gutters.
Why You Should Wash Your Gutters in the Fall
Most Days Are Moderate
Any project that involves your house exterior is highly contingent on the weather. Extreme temperatures, precipitation, high winds, etc., can all force you to pump the brakes on any outdoor activities. Fortunately, fall weather is, on average, moderate. Sure, there will be rainy days, cold spells, and so on, but for the most part, fall weather is perfect for tasks like gutter cleaning; in Nashville, TN and nearby regions, temperatures in October and November tend to linger around the low- to mid-60s, with about 6-7 days of rain during each month. And since gutter cleaning only takes about 30-60 minutes to complete, there’s bound to be plenty of perfect opportunities to get it done during the fall months.
Get Rid of Summer Gunk
If you’re busy with other exterior home projects during the summer, your gutters can be easy to overlook. After all, it’s not easy to see what’s inside your gutters without a ladder, and you might remain unaware of any issues until they present themselves (e.g., water damage, etc.). Nonetheless, debris is bound to build up inside your gutters during the summer, often in the form of dirt, dead leaves, nests (from birds and rodents), and more. If you neglect this accumulation, the onslaught of autumn leaves will only further cement the possibility of clogging and other concerns. So, whether or not you kept a close eye on your gutters during the summer, early autumn presents a prime opportunity to get rid of any residual summer grime while also removing whatever has landed there since the beginning of fall.
Blast Away Leaves and other Autumn Debris
Fall is known for many things, but if you’re a homeowner, you probably associate autumn primarily with the loads of leaves that end up on your property. Even if you love the aesthetic of these fallen leaves, they can harm your lawn, home exterior, and of course, your gutters if left alone. If your home isn’t surrounded by too many trees, your gutters might not experience too much build-up (it’s still worth cleaning them during fall, of course). On the other hand, homes in more wooded areas (especially areas with large, tall, old trees) are at serious risk of leaf accumulation during the fall. Depending on your regional climate and the types of trees around your home, the rate at which these leaves fall can vary -- leaves may gradually trickle onto your lawn and roof during the season, or the majority of leaves may plop onto your property within a span of a few days or weeks.
Whatever the case, it pays to be strategic in your timing. If you wish to accomplish the most with your gutter cleaning project, you’ll want to wait until most of the leaves in your area have fallen. This way, you won’t need to get out there in a few weeks and do it all over again. That said, you don’t want to wait until your gutters are completely clogged, either -- if leaves have taken over your gutters entirely, a single rain storm can wreak havoc on your home. So, you’ll want to try and time things just right so you prevent a major buildup of leaves while also removing as many of them at once as possible this season.
Keep Pests at Bay
Summer isn’t the only season rife with pests. While certain creatures die off or go into hiding when the weather cools, others become more active during fall, often in preparation for the winter ahead. Even if you’re an animal lover, you don’t want insects and rodents to move in, whether inside your home or inside your gutters. There’s no way to keep all pests at bay, but certain actions will mitigate their activity near your home, including maintaining clean gutters. If your gutters are replete with leaves and other debris, they can attract various pests and fungi, offering food and shelter. Before long, these pests may start eating away at your gutters and other parts of your home exterior. It’s best to avoid these possible outcomes entirely by giving your gutters a good washing at least once during autumn.
Tackle Other Exterior Power Washing Projects While You’re at it
Fall isn’t only a great time to pressure wash your gutters -- it’s also a great time for residential pressure washing in general. If you’re already planning on cleaning other parts of your home, it only makes sense to get everything done at once. Once you have a pressure washer at the ready, you only need the right attachment for efficient gutter cleaning. If you don’t have access to a pressure washer or feel confident in your abilities, seek help from professional pressure washing services this fall. These experts will efficiently and safely clean your home’s exterior in its entirety, including your gutters.
Prepare Your Gutters for Winter Weather
Ready or not, winter is only a couple of months away. It’s no secret that snow and ice can absolutely devastate one’s gutters if they’re not winterized and otherwise in great shape. Of course, you most likely won’t have the opportunity or drive to clean your gutters during the winter -- this is yet another reason why it’s important to get it done during the fall. Failing to clear your gutters in autumn will greatly increase the odds of moisture and ice buildup in winter, which can weigh down, warp, and break your gutters entirely. Conversely, by clearing your gutters in time for winter, winter weather won’t have as harsh an impact on your gutters or the rest of your home’s exterior (though you still must remain vigilant).
Go for Gutter Perfection this Fall
Fall is in full swing now, but there’s still plenty of time to clean those gutters before winter takes hold -- in fact, there’s no better time than now to do so. Let the Nashville, Brentwood, and Franklin, TN pressure washing and painting experts at Nash Painting help you prepare your home exterior for every season. To learn more about us, our services, and our values, call us at 615-829-6858 today!