Gutters are an important piece to the integrity of your household. By directing rainwater away from the home and foundations, gutters provide an essential process needed by every homeowner. Without gutters, the foundation of your house will start to erode, your landscape will start to degrade, and your basement could potentially flood.
With gutters, all of these problems can be solved; though, over time, gutters can still clog with leaves, sticks, and other debris. This can cause a leaky roof and water damage to the exterior and the interior of your home, as well as promote mold growth and provide room for pests and hornet nests. When the gutters of a household are clogged, all the preventative purposes of the gutter will be negated. Eventually, your gutters will fill and spill on the foundation of your home and cause potential serious damage. Letting your gutters fill and damage your home can cost you hundreds, to thousands of dollars. Here are some tips that will help keep your gutters unclogged and your home safe from potential damage.
How Often Should I Clean my Gutters?
One of the first questions that come to mind when thinking about gutter cleaning is “How often should I clean my gutters?”
The frequency of cleaning your gutters heavily depends on where you live, how tall your trees are, and how many trees you have in your yard. In the Spring, your gutters could possibly be full of junk left from the fall the year before. Over the winter, the leaves will get soggy and could create a barrier on the bottom of your gutter, or the entrance to the drain. Cleaning your gutters in the spring before you turn on the water or the fall when all the leaves have dropped is a great way to prevent problems throughout the year. In some areas, leaves fall year-round and on several windy days, your gutters could clog.
Gutter Covers are an effective way to prevent your gutters from filling with debris. With gutter covers, the drain of your gutters is less likely to fill with leaves or sticks, preventing them from overflowing or flowing against the exterior of your home. With that prevention, however, your gutters can still clog. Leaves and sticks can still fall through or stay on top preventing more and more water from entering the gutter. If enough leaves fall through the slits on your cover, your drain could clog, resulting in the same type of damage you would get with an uncovered gutter. Cleaning your gutters with the cover in some cases requires a professional, but if done on your own, could also be very dangerous. Even with the risk of your gutters still clogging, you will need to clean your gutters way less often compared to if you had no Gutter Covers installed.
Cleaning your gutters
Cleaning your gutters on your own could be a very dangerous task and sometimes leads to serious injury. Falling from any height could be extremely damaging to the fragile parts of your body. Many homeowners have sustained major injuries from falling from their ladders. Most homeowners assume the risk to clean their own gutters, to save money, or the need to hire a professional.
If you decide to clean your gutters on your own, here are some tips to do so safely and without injury.
- When setting up your ladder, always make sure to have someone else present to hold the ladder in place while you climb. Climbing up any ladder alone is a health hazard and should be done so safely to prevent injury or death.
- If you are alone when you are cleaning your gutters, make sure that your ladder is secured before you continue. Place something flat underneath the legs of your ladder, or focus on a spot somewhere already flat reinforce the stability before you climb.
- At the top of your ladder, make sure that you are standing somewhere you are comfortable with the movement. You don’t want to be pushed off balance from the cleaning procedure.
- When you are done cleaning the first area of your gutters and move to the next spot, do not forget to secure underneath the ladder. Falling off any ladder at any height is not pleasant in the least.
- When you are done cleaning your gutters, make sure to put away any equipment that you left out or in your yard. You don’t want dead spots in your grass from a piece of plywood left behind.
All things considered, Gutter Cleaning is a very important process that makes sure that your household’s foundation does not weather from overflowing water, and that other problems are avoided. If you don’t want to deal with the risks of cleaning your gutters yourself, then hire a professional HERE at Lawn Care IQ. We provide services with 100% satisfaction guaranteed and will get the job done cost-effectively. We want your business and will take care of you!