While it’s necessary to keep your gutters clean and free from obstructions to prevent any potential clogging, you should avoid cleaning the gutter by yourself. Many home owners decide to clean their gutters on their own and take on unnecessary risks because they aren’t fully aware of the alternative methods available to them.
Risks associated with DIY gutter cleaning include:
- Falling: Access to a gutter requires a tall ladder that, if used without sufficient support and a spotter, can result in you falling and sustaining injuries. The costs of hospital visits and recovery end up overtaking the initial cost of the gutter cleaning.
- Easily overlooked areas: Professionals go through specialized training to fully understand the requirements of a thorough gutter cleaning and installation. People without the same training run the risk of not being as precise, which can lead to long-term damage to your home’s defense against water damage.
- Development of mold and mildew: If you overlook a particular area of your gutter while trying to clean it, you may create an environment where water pools and leaks into your roof. This leakage will eventually lead to mold and mildew developing in the cracks, which can pose a serious health risk to you and the members of your family.
These risks and problems can be avoided when you hire a professional gutter cleaner to be responsible for your gutter’s upkeep. However, with an average cost of around $75 per cleaning, this method can prove costly in the long run as you need cleaning annually.