Fall gutter cleaning is critical to keeping your home safe and dry during the winter months ahead. But finding the time to clean them yourself or even having (or trying to borrow) the needed equipment to do it can really be a challenge for homeowners.
We’ve outlined the top 3 reasons why fall gutter cleaning is so important and what any homeowner can do to get their fall gutter cleaning taken care of simply and conveniently.
Leaves Are Your Biggest Challenge
Gutters filled with leaves cannot do their job properly. The leaves prevent prevent water from flowing smoothly away from your roof and away from your home. Leaves also trap water in the gutter channels. This water can freeze in the colder months ahead causing serious problems.
Clearing these leaves out (and any other debris that has accumulated in your gutters) is your biggest challenge. Now you just have to find the time and the equipment to get it done.
We’ve outlined what are the best gutter cleaning tools recently on our blog if you are considering doing it yourself.
Freezing Temperatures Can Cause Serious Problems
The colder months ahead can freeze and water left trapped in your gutters. This ice then becomes a solid wall blocking any other water from being carried away from your roof. In the winter months, water on your roof can certainly come in the form of rain, but if you live in an area where the temperature really drops, the water on your roof is coming from melting snow and ice particles.
If there is a solid wall of ice formed by frozen water trapped in your gutters, this water is trapped and will freeze or overflow your gutter line. This is called an “ice dam” and the backed up water will damage your roof, insulation, ceilings, and walls.
Water and Pest Damage
Maybe your climate is somewhat milder and you only experience increased rainfall in the winter or just lower temperatures. Both can be problems if your gutters are clogged with leaves. Water that does not flow smoothly away from your home will penetrate your walls, ceilings, and foundation.
Repairs to any of these are expensive and time consuming and certainly the last thing you want to deal with during the winter or the holidays. Out article on the top 5 problems caused by clogged gutters will tell you more about what you’re in for if your gutters are not clean.
Pests like squirrels, mice, and birds also become a problem as they will use your leaf clogged gutters as a nesting place – often entering your home as well through any opening they can find.
What Homeowners Can Do About Fall Gutter Cleaning
Homeowners have the choices of:
- Doing nothing
- Doing it themselves
- Hiring a professional gutter cleaner
Doing nothing is unfortunately what a lot of homeowners do. They avoid fall gutter cleaning because they are too busy, don’t have the right equipment, or believe that professional gutter cleaning is too expensive.
Doing it yourself has a number of challenges that goes with it, not the least of which is having the right equipment as we’ve outlined above. But maybe even more important than the equipment is the time that it takes and the risk involved with working on ladders or walking on slippery roof surfaces.
In the long run, hiring a professional gutter cleaning company is the fastest, most efficient, and most reasonably priced way to handle your fall gutter cleaning needs. A professional gutter cleaning company like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning will be licensed and insured for gutter cleaning unlike a handyman or a lawn care company.
So, if you want to have clean, free flowing gutters this fall and winter as well as protect your home AND save time and money, hiring a professional gutter cleaning like Clean Pro Gutter Cleaning is the way to go. Get a quote started now in the box below.