Gutter cleaning is an essential winter preparation task that can help prevent moisture damage to your roof, siding, landscape and foundation. You can either clean the gutters yourself or hire a gutter contractor to do it. In this blog, Gutter Helmet® of Eastern NY shares important things you should know before hiring a professional to clean your gutters.
The Risks of Cleaning the Gutters Yourself
Gutters should be cleaned twice a year—once in the spring, again in the fall—which means setting aside time and resources to make it happen. The task can be tedious, involving scooping out detritus, flushing out whatever remains and then scraping and applying sealant as needed.
You also need to invest in the proper tools, including a sturdy ladder, safety gloves, scrapers and enough sealant for all the gutter joints. The biggest risk when it comes to cleaning your gutters yourself is the danger of falling, as the task involves working from a great height at the edge of the roof. Investing in a heated gutter system and gutter guards can help reduce the amount of cleaning your gutters need, but you still have to inspect them periodically.
The greatest benefit of hiring professionals for gutter cleaning is the convenience. You simply make a call, schedule an appointment and sit back while a professional thoroughly cleans your gutters for you. Professional gutter cleaners can spot potential problems that are not visible to the untrained eye, such as minute cracks or loose fasteners. This lets you prevent more serious gutter damage by addressing small issues before they worsen.
It’s always important to do your research and hire a company that has the experience and know-how to clean your gutters. The savings in averted repairs may help offset the cost of hiring professionals.