The simple answer is yes. Actually, with enough experience and know-how you can build your own home too. However, cleaning gutters is a dirty job that can take hours and will leave your body aching. It’s also quite dangerous to be working on a roof and if you are by yourself you could fall and not have anybody nearby to call for help.
Here’s why we recommend having a professional clean your gutters.
Safety: Working on a slanted roof can be dangerous. Whether you are perched on a ladder or lying down on the roof while you scoop debris from the gutter channels, there is always a chance you could slip and fall and even at a height of 15’ the injuries could be severe. Also, if no one is with you when you are cleaning gutters and you fall, it can be some time before anyone notices and during this time a small injury can turn into a major problem.
Inspections: Cleaning a gutter isn’t brain surgery, but inspecting a gutter is not exactly easy either. Anyone can use a trowel to scoop dead leaves, twigs and other debris from a gutter and then spray the gutter system with a hose to get the channel clean. But when you’re done, do you have the experience to disassemble downspout elbows, check the condition of mitres, fasteners and joint sealants? Do you know about drip-edge positioning, gutter pitch and how to tell if there is a problem with the ground drain caps? A gutter specialist will know how to perform a thorough gutter inspection during a cleaning and can then inform you of conditions that need immediate attention.
Estimates: You may be able to spot holes, cracks and other obvious problems with your gutters but do you know whether the situation requires a simple repair or the full replacement of your gutter system? Do you have an idea of what the costs are for repairs and replacements? Taking a chance with your gutters can be a very bad move. Most homeowners don’t think much about their gutters and think all they need to do is clean it once a year and then forget about it. But without regular maintenance and thorough inspections, your roof, siding and foundation could be at risk for water damage.
So, yes you can clean your gutters. But to get the job done right, call CT Gutter: (203) 878-2311