7 Signs You Need Gutter Cleaning Service

Do I need gutter cleaning service in Richmond, VA?

Gutter cleaning services may be something you don’t know you need until you experience certain telltale problems. If your home has minimal or no surrounding trees / vegetation and your gutters were properly installed, there’s a good chance you don’t need to have your gutters cleaned multiple times a year. But that’s not the case for most homeowners.

Failure to perform regular gutter cleaning service at your home can lead to water intrusion and damage to your roof, fascia board, siding, and foundation. So, stay on the lookout for these obvious signs that you need a regular gutter cleaning service.

1. Plants growing in your gutters

If you see plants growing on your gutters or roof line, this means that you have heavy soil and debris that needs to be excavated from your gutter system, and fast! Plants growing in gutters is a sure sign that your gutters are bearing too much weight, which can lead to structural damage.

2. Downspouts are clogged

If you have clogged downspouts, then water will not flow properly from the downspout drain opening at the base of your home. If your downspout terminates underground, it can be less obvious that the drain is clogged. Look for overflowing gutters or leaking at the seams of your downspout drain. These are signs that you have a clog that needs to be addressed, whether the clog is at the top of the outlet (top of downspout), the middle of the drain, or underground.

3. Sticks and leaves are visible

Substantial leaves and debris in gutters that are visible from the ground or from above the gutter line signal to the homeowner that gutter cleaning is in order. Sticks and leaves are no cause for concern and are easy to address with a semiannual cleaning.

4. Mildew on gutters and siding

Signs of mildew on gutters or staining on gutters and siding indicate that water is spilling over the gutter line and causing organics to grow on your home’s exterior. In addition to cleaning gutter debris and washing out your downspouts, you should consider an exterior softwashing service (house washing) or gutter whitening service (manual washing of gutters with specialized chemical solution) to restore the appearance of these surfaces.

5. Leaking in your roof, foundation or siding

If you’ve noticed water intrusion or leaking on the inside of your home, you should always have a professional inspect your gutter system to make sure it’s functioning properly. Standing and overflowing water from a clogged gutter system can sometimes be the culprit.

6. Sagging gutters

Gutters that are sagging either were not installed properly or have been holding water and debris for a long period of time. Either way, you should consider hiring a Class A contractor to perform the necessary gutter repairs before structural damage occurs.

7. You haven’t cleaned them in a long time

If you don’t know the last time your gutters were cleaned, now is the best time to do it.


A properly installed aluminum gutter system should last up to 20 years, and you can dramatically increase the life expectancy of your gutters by keeping up a proper maintenance gutter cleaning schedule. At Spotless, we recommend at least twice per year to ensure that your gutters are doing their job: directing water away from your home’s roof, siding and foundation.

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