While most people in Connecticut will be enjoying the brilliant fall foliage these next few weeks, concerned homeowners know better. Yes, the pretty autumn leaves are fun to look at but it also means that very soon those leaves will come falling down and more than a few will get lodged in the gutters on your home.
If you live in an area that is wooded or have trees with branches that hang over your house you need to start paying attention to the weather since a thorough cleaning is in the forecast. Whether the climate is warm and sunny or cold and rainy the leaves will fall and now is the time to do some spot cleaning on your own.
The practical advice is to wait until all the trees are bare to call in a professional gutter cleaner. However, you can help out by doing some DIY cleaning on your own to help lessen the load. Right now the leaves that are falling are light and easy to blow off a roof or gutter. We haven’t had any consistent rain to dampen the leaves down and make it hard to get out of a gutter. So, now you can spend an hour or so on a weekend and carefully remove these leaves from your roof and gutter.
Some tips for removing leaves this time of year include using a leaf blower to rid gutter channels of debris and also doing it the old fashioned way by using a ladder and your hands, provided you wear durable work gloves. Also, if you are going to be on the roof, make sure someone is around to keep an eye on you in case you slip and fall. Never work on a roof alone.