Unfortunately, if you live in Connecticut there’s a good chance your home is near trees. One of the perks to living in the state is the beautiful fall foliage in autumn and the shady green canopy in summer. However, when the leaves start to fall and heavy rain storms begin, it is very easy for a gutter system to clog with dead leaves.
You can try to keep up with the falling leaves and sweep out your gutters every weekend or you can even hire professional cleaners to do a thorough job once most of the leaves have fallen. However, there are some tips you can follow that will make the amount of leaves that fall near your roof and gutters much less.
Cut down Trees: The easiest way to keep leaves out of your gutter is to remove trees that are very close to the house. Not only will this keep leaves from getting into your gutter but it will also prevent strong winds from uprooting trees and sending one crashing into your roof. The damage a fallen tree can do is pretty intense and may require complete roof and gutter replacement. Mark the trees that are closest to your home and have each one professionally removed.
Saw off Hanging Branches: If it is too much for you to part with a tree that you enjoy, at least consider sawing off branches that hang over your gutters and roof. Again, heavy winds can easily break off a tree branch and when it falls it can put a hole in your roof or take out an entire section of your gutter. By having a professional carefully saw off branches that are hanging way too close to your home you make it a lot safer and also reduce the amount of leaves that will fall in your gutters.
Invest in Gutter Guards: Another way to avoid having to spend entire weekends cleaning out your gutters is to install high quality gutter guards on your gutters. These gutter additions form a protective cover over the gutter channel and keep leaves from entering. With a special perforated cover the gutter guards still allow water to filter through and drain properly but it keeps leaves, twigs and other debris from getting inside your gutter where it can cause clogs.