When the gutters get clogged, the water gets in places where it is not wanted and causes damage. Debris, like leaves and dirt, other particles, and organic materials can build up and cause clogs. When the gutters get clogged, they fill up and get heavy. When that happens, they can break, leak, and damage the roof and the foundations, causing many more problems. Damage from weather and pests also happens.
How can you keep the gutters clean?
You can clean them yourself. Twice per year, in the spring and fall, is a good rule to follow, but perhaps you don’t want to do it yourself. That means climbing a ladder, and it can be a big job. If that is the case, or if the gutters are very clogged, it is better to call a professional. The pros not only know how to do it right, but they can repair and advise at the same time. Calling professionals means that a necessary part of the home will be thoroughly inspected and cleaned, and repairs can be done, like tightening loose screws and ensuring the eavestrough system is well attached and in working order.
What do you need to clean the gutters yourself?
You need a strong and stable ladder, protective equipment like gloves, masks and safety goggles, plus necessary equipment like a small scoop, a garden hose, and a bucket.
What about a LeafGuard Upgrade?
This preventative maintenance upgrade will keep the gutters clean forever. The job of the gutters is to make sure that water is carried away from the home. LeafGuard is a patented design that sheds debris more efficiently and prevents all types of water related damage with no effort from homeowners once the system is installed.
How do they work?
LeafGuard gutters shed debris more easily because they attach seamlessly to the house. They work because they are built to fit, and they have no hinges or joints and so are less likely to damage or leak. Best of all, they don’t clog because the design keeps the debris out. Remember though, that while all gutter guards do cut down on maintenance, they don’t eliminate the need for inspections to just make sure.
If you are not comfortable getting up there on the ladder to clean the gutters yourself twice a year, then call the professionals to help you. It saves time and ensures that the job is done right. Get advice on how to get peace of mind and lower maintenance on your home with a gutter designed to give that to you.
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