Should you walk on roof to clean gutters

When roofing professionals go on your roof, they are using their judgment and training to determine if the conditions are safe. A little moisture, or an algae infection can make the roof too slippery to stand on safely. You may not have the training to recognize these and other safety hazards.

In addition, roofing professionals have safety harnesses that protect them from major falls. If you fall from a roof without this equipment, you could be seriously injured or lose your life.

The Importance of Clean Gutters

The vital purpose of gutters is to collect the rain that falls on your roof, and divert it through downspouts from the foundation of your home and from landscaping. Without them, rainwater can leak around windows, basements, and crawl spaces.

Although they usually require very little maintenance to keep them functioning well, when gutters are full of debris, they can clog, causing the water over the top of the gutter and falls to the ground below.

Gutter Cleaning Safety

Stretching on a telescopic ladder while trying to remove leaves from gutters is not the safest way to do the job. The good news is that there are a number of gutter cleaning tools that allow homeowners to clean up the debris while keeping both feet on the ground.

If you have to climb a ladder to clear the gutters, don’t use a stepladder, which can cause you to fall if you get off balance. Instead, use a sturdy extension ladder and have a helper stand at the bottom to stabilize the ladder.

Rotting Wood

Rotting wood can spill water over the gutters and down the exterior wall of the house. Wood near the top of your home (bricks and gables) can rot and spread to the roof and attic.

When water pours out of the gutters and down the side of your house, it can damage the foundation as it seeps into the soil near the house and eventually into the concrete foundation.

How often should I clean my gutters?

We always tell our customers that this depends on the size and types of trees in your neighborhood.

Homes with little or no tree cover around their homes can usually get by with one gutter cleaning per year, or sometimes every other year. We recommend gutter cleaning at least once a year as it is important to have someone inspect your roof at least once a year.

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