Use gutter protection to make gutter cleaning easier
Gutter cleaning is an important maintenance step for any home. Cleaning your rain gutter can help you prevent leaks and water damage to your home, as well as ensure that there are no fire hazards on your roof. However, dealing with your roof gutter doesn't have to be a difficult task. If you use gutter protection, you can reduce the amount of dirt and debris stuck in your gutters, thus making gutter cleaning a breeze.
Remember, though, that using gutter protection doesn't eliminate the need for gutter cleaning. You should still be climbing the ladder to check on your gutters at least twice a year. It's a good idea to do rain gutter maintenance in both the spring and the fall.
In the spring, you want to make sure there is no blockage as your roof gutter will be dealing with snow melt and April showers. In the fall, you should be monitoring your rain gutter for leaf and plant debris that can blow in and block things up. Preventing blockage before winter snow arrives is essential.
Get Your Gutter Cover
A gutter cover, also called a gutter helmet, a gutter screen, and a gutter leaf guard, works to prevent blockage of your rain gutter. It will prevent leaves and other debris from falling or blowing into your gutter, while at the same time allowing the gutter to properly do its job of funnelling water from the roof of your home. Gutter guards are a great investment because they minimize the job of gutter cleaning. While you still have to get up there and look things over, you'll spend less time removing dirt, leaves and debris from your rain gutter.
You may choose to have a professional install your gutter guards, since improper installation can actually result in increased risk of blockage to your rain gutter. An improperly installed gutter cover can actually trap leaves and debris in your gutter, resulting in greater chance of water damage to your home.
Call the Gutter Cleaner
If you're unsure of how to best clean your gutter, you may want to hire a professional gutter cleaner. Shop around to get a reasonable quote, so that you can feel confident in the fact that your gutters are clear and working effectively, without breaking the bank.
The great thing about hiring a professional gutter cleaner is that they typically guarantee their work. If your home suffers from water damage within a particular time frame after the cleaning, a gutter cleaner that guarantees the work done will take responsibility for the damage.