Even though most homeowners dread having to clean their gutters many consider an easy enough project that they can do themselves. As long as you don’t have a fear of heights climbing up a ladder to scoop debris out of gutter channels seems fairly simple. However, gutter cleaning is more dangerous than you think and unless you are trained on gutter systems you may not be able to spot defects that will require immediate repairs or even complete replacement. Here are a few reasons why you should leave gutter cleaning to a professional.
Safety – Even if your roof isn’t that high off the ground, falling off a ladder or the roof can lead to a very serious injury. All it takes is one missed step on a ladder or a slipping on a wet spot on the shingles to cause you to lose your balance and cause a fall. If you are cleaning your gutters by yourself no one will be around to help and it could be hours before someone realizes you’ve fallen. Don’t take chances on your roof hire a professional gutter cleaner to do the dirty work.
Inspections – When you clean your gutters all you really care about is removing the leaves and debris. Chances are you’re not even looking for signs of wear that could indicate a more serious problem. Even though your gutters may be clean you could have leaks, tears and other problems that will cause gutters to fail when heavy rain and snow fall. Also, most people who clean the gutters themselves only check the gutter channels not even thinking that clogs also occur in the downspout. A professional gutter cleaner will not only clean your gutters but also inspect the full system for any signs of damage.
Repairs – If you clean your own gutters and notice a hole or a sagging section in the system, then what do you do? You’ll have to call a gutter company to fix or replace the gutter system. You can never anticipate what you’ll find when cleaning out your gutters so rather than go through all that hard work only to have call in a professional why not let a pro handle it in the first place. Gutters are extremely important to the safety and longevity of your roof and exterior and it pays to have cleanings done by a full service gutter company.