Are your gutters full of sludge and leaves? Have you been meaning to get around to them but you just don’t have the time? Are your years reaching to those years where you really don’t want to climb up that ladder? If you said yes to these questions or have other reasons for not having cleaned your gutter you might want to think about hiring a gutter contractor.
When the gutters are full the rain comes down directly off the roof like a waterfall down where your home’s foundation is. This can cause cracking in the foundation and also rotting in it, and in the siding. When this happens you are in an extremely uncomfortable position of looking at a very expensive project that could have been easily avoided.
You can actually get roof rotting problems if you don’t clean your gutters. The rain will have nowhere to go and get backed up on the roof or lower roof and cause dips which accumulate puddles of water. When the puddles of water sit there for a long time they start to make the roof soft and mushy. They can seep in through shingles or other roofing and cause holes for animals to crawl into and nest, or even can cause the entire roof to cave in.
All you have to do is clean the gutters. It is dangerous however to try and clean them yourself. Especially as you get older and you are less likely to bounce back from an accident. It is more common than you think to be injured from falling off a ladder during gutter cleaning. It is even a high cause of death.
A ladder without professional knowledge of gutters, skill or equipment can cause damage to the gutters. Resting a ladder on the gutters can break them, dent them or bend them which you definitely don’t want because it takes away from the look of your home and the functionality of the gutters.
Professionals can come and help you by using their equipment which includes safety equipment. Since they do this task professionally and often, they can do it more quickly and with better accuracy. They will be better off doing it than you because they are trained at doing it and know how to do it the most efficiently and safely because they do it all the time.
It’s better to hire someone to come help you rather than try to do it yourself just to save a few bucks. You will be better off not putting yourself in such a dangerous position to maybe wreck what you have already. All you have to do is schedule a routine maintenance with your local contractor and they will be able to help you keep your home in the best shape it has potential to have.