Do My Gutters Need Clearing in Summer?

With warmer, drier weather, many homeowners push gutter clearance to the back of their mind. If it isn’t raining as much, your gutters don’t need as much attention, right?

In fact, summer is one of the most important times of year to make sure your gutters are clean and clear, with plenty of space for water to run. In this post, we’re going to take a closer look at why your gutters need clearing in the summer.

Prevent blockages

Without regular maintenance, your gutters can easily become clogged with debris, which can soon lead to blockages. That stops gutters fulfilling their primary function – to direct water away from your roof and the foundations of your home. Without clear gutters, you may find your gutters leaking and dripping, allowing water to damage those crucial areas.

That’s especially the case throughout the summer months. Branches and leaves can easily get trapped in your gutters. Moss also thrives in damp environments, so it could be growing in and around your guttering. Without regular cleaning, this will grow and soak up rainwater that runs down your gutters.

Avoid nesting birds

In the UK, our birds tend to start to nest between February and August. Your gutters can provide the perfect spot for birds to start their families through the summer, especially if they are blocked with moss, leaves and twigs.

While baby birds setting up home near your home may sound adorable, your gutters won’t thank you in the long run. Once the eggs have been laid, it can be very difficult to safely remove them. It’s best to avoid the problem from arising in the first place.

One of the easiest ways to prevent birds from nesting in your gutters is to make sure they are clean and free from debris, giving birds no materials to create their nest.

Spot any leaks

Your gutters are designed to direct water away from your home. Any cracks or breaks in the pipes will stop them doing so. With the typical British rain throughout the summer, it’s important to keep your gutters in the best condition all year round.

Having your gutters cleaned provides the perfect opportunity for your roofer to inspect your gutters for any leaks, breakages or cracks that could result in more serious issues later down the line. So, while you’re having your gutters cleaned over the summer months, be sure to ask your roofer to check your guttering for any potential problems.

Can we help?

At DPR Roofing in Barnsley, our friendly team of experts are on hand to help you prevent any roofing issues and make sure your gutters are clean and clear this summer. Get in touch with us to discuss your requirements and get a no obligation quotation.