How to Keep a Clean Gutter During the Fall

close image of clean gutter on brick house with metal shingles

At Blue Springs Siding and Windows, we love fall as much as you do. From the beautifully colored leaves to smores around the fire, the Kansas City area is equal parts crisp and cozy when September rolls around. The downside? Clogged gutters. Find out how to protect your home from damage by keeping them clean this autumn. For a safe, hassle-free, and long-term solution, we’ll explain why covered gutters are a smart choice.

Why Cleaning Gutters Is Important

We agree it’s a pain, but this task is essential. Trapped debris and leaves stop the proper flow of rain through your gutters. Clogged gutters can cause the following problems:

  • Mold
  • Wood rot
  • Pest infestations
  • Foundation damage
  • Damage to landscaping

When water splashes against your home’s exterior, is trapped in your gutters, or gushes onto landscaping features, necessary repairs and replacements can become costly.

How to Clean Gutters

If you want to bypass the middleman and perform your own gutter-cleaning duties, do it safely and correctly with these tips:

  • Wear long sleeves and/or gloves
  • Use an extendable ladder, preferably with standoff stabilizers (also known as ladder horns)
  • Protect your lawn with a plastic tarp
  • Remove debris with a gutter scoop or sand shovel
  • Clear any remaining debris with a garden hose, and watch for leaks

Clean your gutters once or twice a year to keep them clean and debris-free – no matter what the Kansas City weather brings.

Consider Covered Gutters

Covered gutters are a smart option that eliminate the need to clean your gutters or pay someone else to do the job. Gutter Defender works with surface tension to direct rainwater through the cover and into the gutter. In the meantime, debris and leaves fall to the ground, never clogging your gutters again.

If you’re tired of cleaning gutters but want to protect your Kansas City home from mold growth, pests, and other expensive issues, contact Blue Springs Siding and Windows about covered gutters today. Our Gutter Defender is designed to keep your landscaping intact and protect your home’s exterior this fall and beyond.