a clogged gutter that needs gutter guards installedClogged gutters can pose a serious threat to your home. Over time, they can cause significant damage to a home resulting in expensive repairs.

This is why, when it comes to home improvement and maintenance projects, cleaning debris out of your gutters should be one of the most important tasks.

However, gutter maintenance isn’t something that you should consider undertaking on your own. There are many factors that you need to consider when cleaning out your home’s gutter system. Of these, your safety is definitely the most important thing that you should keep in mind.

Let’s take a look at the various risks of attempting to unclog a home’s gutters on your own…

Safety Issues

Ladder safety is perhaps the most notable risk to your safety when maintaining your home’s gutter system. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission reports that more than 165,000 people are injured annually because of ladder-related injuries. The risk of suffering injuries as a result of a fall is particularly high when you go up a ladder to clean your home’s gutters. You also have to consider the additional risk posed by any power lines running between your home and the street. You can be easily electrocuted should the ladder accidentally touch a power line. There is also the risk of damaging telephone and cable wires that run into your home.

Gutter Damage

Another great reason why you shouldn’t attempt to do DIY gutter cleaning, especially if you don’t have any experience, is to avoid damaging your gutter system. If you position your ladder incorrectly, you can end up denting the gutters. This can lead to gutter leaks, which, over time, can cause significant damage to the foundation of your property.

A Harbor For Pests and Bacteria

The gutters provide the perfect environment for a wide range of pests including bees, insects, birds, rodents, etc. Decaying leaves may harbor bacteria and mold spores that can lead to serious health complications when inhaled. However, to properly and effectively clean your gutter system, you need to have the right tools and equipment, which most homeowners do not have.

Hiring Professional Gutter Cleaning Services vs. Installing Gutter Guards

When it comes to choosing between hiring a professional or cleaning your gutters on your own, we would definitely recommend hiring a professional. However, there is a third option that can help you avoid all this hassle entirely…installing gutter guards.

We provide high-quality gutter guards that will help to keep out all the debris while allowing water to flow through your gutter system directing it away from your home. With our gutter guards, you can be assured that they will work as intended, for life, and that you won’t have to clean your gutters…either by DIY or by hiring a professional.

Get in touch with us today to get a free, per foot quote.