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3 Reasons to Never Clean Your Gutters Again

by Todd Bairstow

Let's face it, no one wants to spend their quality time cleaning gutters. As chores go, it's right up there with plunging the toilet and picking up garbage after a trash bag rips open. Why does everyone hate it so much? There are three key reasons.

Cleaning Gutters is Dangerous

It's Dangerous

At first, cleaning gutters seems like a pain, but easy enough to do. It's not. Dragging a ladder out to the side of your house, climbing the ladder and then bracing yourself against your home is not a comforting thought. Winds, rain, critters in the gutters can also make cleaning your own gutters a dangerous task. Ladders shake, or slip all the time. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, more than 30,000 people a year are injured from falling off of ladders - with hundreds of deaths.

It's a Major Time Suck

Most gutters need to be cleaned twice per year. That means dragging the ladder out, bringing your bucket and gloves, then climbing the ladder to clean only a small section of your gutters. Then you have to climb down, move the ladder into a safe position, then climb and clean again. This can take a tremendous amount of time.

Cleaning Gutters is Time Consuming
Cleaning Gutters is Disgusting

It's Dirty

All sorts of things collect in your gutters. Sure, it's mostly leaves, twigs and branches. But once that is rained on and allowed to sit, debris becomes a muddy, ucky brown mess. It also becomes a haven for insects and mosquitoes, who nest and breed in that damp kind of muck. Add in the odd bird's nest or squirrel's nest, and it becomes a dirty, less-than-hygienic experience.

Dangerous, time-consuming and dirty. Three reasons to never try to clean your gutters again. Yet it needs to be done, because gutters prevent water from damaging your roof, walls and even your foundation. There's nothing worse than seeing that brown water stain in your ceiling because water backed up in a clogged gutter and flowed back into your home.

There are many gutter protection systems out there that can help to solve this problem. A product like Gutter Helmet can be installed over your gutters in a way that will keep leaves, branches and debris...while rain still flows freely down your gutter and away from your house. These systems are often guaranteed by their installers and mean that you'll never have to clean your gutters again.

Gutters have to be cleaned on a regular basis. But that doesn't mean you have to put yourself at risk, or that you need to tackle this dirty chore on your own. Gutter protection systems can take care of this problem for you. So stay safe, stay clean and enjoy the extra time.