Most residential houses and commercial buildings are designed to have gutters divert water away from the foundation and gutter cleaning is an essential part of home and building maintenance. Over time, gutters can fill up with pine straw, leaves, dirt and other debris. Once they become clogged, they will not function properly. Rather than diverting the water away from your home, clogged gutters will actually flood, causing damaging water to seep into the eaves, and walls of your home causing rot and possibly even foundation problems. Moisture in a structure’s foundation leads to exterior cracks in the brick and mortar, which can lead to extensive structural damage of your property.
In addition, excessive water can damage sidewalks, driveways, interior floors and in extreme cases it could even destroy your home.
As you can see, clean gutters are vitally important to the long term health of your home. Gutters should be cleaned in the Spring and late fall in most parts of the country. Depending on the number of trees that surround your home, they may need to be cleaned 3-4 times per year. Be sure you don't neglect having your gutters cleaned, and you'll eliminate future problems before they can start.