As we get into the full swing of autumn, the leaves will continue to fall giving us one of the more important maintenance tasks that you should be doing for your home: cleaning your gutters.
A clogged gutter can damage your home in several ways. A clean gutters channel rainwater to your downspouts, and away from your home. If you gutters are clogged, the rainwater will back-up and overflow the sides, damaging and rotting your gutter boards, soffit, siding, and even your foundation. In the winter, those clogged gutters can cause ice dams, possibly forcing the ice under your roof causing leaks in your home. The weight of clogged gutters can cause them to pull away gutter boards, possibly detaching themselves from your home. Gutter debris can rot, creating odors and attract insects. Enough debris in your gutter can even create an environment for new plants and trees.
Cleaning your gutters can be done on a ladder or from the ground. Using a ladder while clearing and inspecting the gutters from up-close is the best way. However, there are risks involved with hanging on a ladder one or two stories above the ground, and there is a bit of work to continually move the ladder and get is safely anchored. Contractors spend their lives on ladders, and if you are at all apprehensive, hire someone to do this for you.
If you don’t want to risk the ladder or to pay a contractor for the job, there are telescoping gutter cleaners that hook to your garden hope and use the water pressure to clean the gutters, all while you stand on the ground. Your nearest hardware, Lowe’s, or Menard’s should have these in stock for a reasonable price. The disadvantage is that you are not able to get the full, up-close visual inspection, and may have trouble with some blockages. Keep an eye on your downspouts, and make sure that you have a constant stream coming out.
Whatever means you do chose to clean your gutters, please remember to use common sense and so it safely. Or, if you would to prefer to have a contractor clean your gutters, feel free to give us a call and we can have one of our guys take care of it for you.
Remember: a clean gutter is a happy gutter!
Speaking of gutter screens and helmets, if you would like to look into one of these products, have someone come out to take a look at your situation before you decide to go with any one product. Your environment should dictate the product…you don’t need protection from pine needles if you are miles from a pine tree!
Thanks for reading,
Dana, Juan, Rick, and Alex
Two Brothers Roofing