How To Know It’s Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

How To Know It’s Time to Get Your Gutters Cleaned

Man cleaning out gutter

Long Island sees a lot of rain throughout the year. While the rain is great for your plants, it’s not so great for your gutters. Homeowners who ignore their gutters will almost always find themselves dealing with clogs and overflows. Know when it’s time to clean your gutters and leave the tough stuff to Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island.

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6 Signs Your Gutters Need Cleaning 

Your gutters play a big role in the safety of your home. That’s why regular gutter cleaning is so important. Contrary to popular belief, we recommend that you clean your gutters six times a year. This ensures that your gutters are always cleared and working properly, especially in the wet climate of Long Island. 

Don’t know if your gutters need cleaning? Check out the most common signs below.

Overflowing Water

One of the tell-tale signs of a gutter that desperately needs cleaning is overflowing water. Water is supposed to drain away from your house; it’s not supposed to spill over the edges of your gutters. Overflowing water can lead to serious structural damage, so it’s important to implement regular gutter cleanings.

Sagging Gutters

Gutters that start to sag have accumulated a ton of water and debris. Not only does this damage your gutters, but soggy leaves and standing water can lead to insect infestations. Avoid your gutters from breaking, and clean your gutters multiple times a year.


If the siding of your home has unsightly streaks and stains, it’s likely from your gutters. Gutters that are clogged with debris will start to overflow, and all of that excess water will spill down your home’s siding. This can cause streaks and staining over time. 

Standing Water

Moats are cool, but not when they’re created by your overflowing gutters. Standing water around your home is a recipe for disaster and can lead to major foundation issues. When standing water collects around your home, the soil expands and puts pressure on your home’s walls and foundation. More on this in the next section.

Animals Living In Gutters

We want everyone to live harmoniously with the wildlife around their homes—but it’s a different story when critters are crawling into your gutters. If your gutters haven’t been cleaned in a while, you could have squirrels, rodents, and mice making themselves at home in your gutters.

Plants Growing In Gutters

Gardens are supposed to be on the ground, not in your gutters. Yes, dirt can find its way into your gutters because of the wind. If enough dirt builds up in your gutters, it becomes the perfect planter box for sprouting plants and weeds. 

Don’t let your gutter become a garden. Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island for professional, no-contact gutter cleaning service. Contact us to receive an estimate. We also offer service plans, so you can stay on top of your gutter cleaning schedule with ease. 

Clogged Gutters Can Cause Serious Damage 

The damage caused by clogs doesn’t end at your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause serious damage to the rest of your home. Contact Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island to start a scheduled gutter cleaning service so you can avoid:

Foundation Cracks

Gutters are supposed to keep water away from your house. If a gutter is clogged, water can spill off the sides and collect around your home’s foundation. The accumulation of all that water can cause your foundation to crack and collapse over time.


Does the outside of your home have a musty smell? Standing water doesn’t just attract insects—it’s a breeding ground for mold, too. Mold grows in moist environments. So if your gutters haven’t been cleaned in a while, moist debris could start to produce mold spores. 

Mold is dangerous for you and your household, causing health problems like asthma and other respiratory issues.

Deteriorating Fascia

Your fascia is what holds up your gutter system. If your gutters are overflowing, the constant contact with water can cause the wood to rot and deteriorate. Your wood siding can also be damaged.

Ruined Landscaping

You work hard to cultivate your landscape. An overflowing gutter can ruin it in a heartbeat. Water can destroy flower beds, bushes, and other small foliage around your home.

How To Check Your Gutters

Many homeowners don’t give their gutters enough thought. The truth is that you should always check your gutters to ensure that they’re functioning properly. Below are a few simple checks you can do yourself.

Check for Missing Parts

If you notice that your gutters are missing any parts or have broken areas, Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island can repair and replace them.

Check for Obstructions

Obstructions like excess leaves and plants can cause your gutters to clog fast. If you spot any plants growing in your gutters or notice animals coming and going, call the gutter cleaning professionals near you.

Check Downspouts

Your downspouts should flow water away from your yard. If your downspouts are not sloping away from your property, then you might need the help of Ned Stevens to adjust.

Why Choose Ned Stevens of Long Island for Gutter Cleaning

Since 1998, Ned Stevens Gutter Cleaning of Long Island has been providing world-class services for homeowners in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Our team of professionals provides dependable gutter cleaning services to guarantee that your gutters never overflow. 

Avoid future problems and schedule your regular gutter cleanings today. You don’t even have to be home for us to get the job done. 

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Erika Cruz

Erika began her career at Ned Stevens in September 2009 after 4 years of managing investment portfolios for banks and credit unions. She graduated with her business degree in Management in May of 2016 while working Full-time at Ned Stevens. With 11 years of gutter expertise, as office manager she is in charge of the day to day operation and is fully dedicated to her staff and customers.