We have noticed on a lot of the houses we clean, the gutters are an often forgotten and poorly treated part of the home. So many gutters are full of debris, either causing them to overflow, or having just enough leaves in them that they do not dry out and are full of ants, earwigs and mosquitoes.
Another problem we see is that because of all the weight in the gutters from the debris pulls them loose from the house. On top of that, in Grand Rapids and all of Michigan we deal with the freezing temps. of our winters. When the gutters are full going into winter they become a big block of ice. This can cause ice to start building up either at the top edge of the gutter, causing the facia board to rot, or the ice can back up onto the roof, causing ice to form and water to leak into the attic.
Of course, who wants to haul out the ladder, grab gloves and a bucket, climb up that ladder and hope it doesn’t slip on the gutter, causing you to fall. According the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, every year 500,000 people are treated for ladder-related injuries. No reason gutter cleaning is one of the last things home owners want to do.
What this really means is that the downspouts are clogged and not draining. This is another important part of the gutter system and should be checked when cleaning the gutters. This can be done by running water down the downspout, or dropping a small stone or penny down the downspout and listening for it as it goes down the tube. Just cleaning the gutters, without checking that the downspouts are clear is not really doing a thorough job.
Professional Gutter Cleaning
Having Kleen take care of your gutters for you will give you the peace of mind that they are working as they should and it keeps you from the possibility of having a horrible accident while using a ladder. Fall in Michigan can beautiful, and wouldn’t you rather enjoy it doing something you like to do instead of using that time to clean the gutters?