Why is Gutter Cleaning Important?
Every fall the leaves attempt to fill up the gutters and force us to trudge up a ladder to clean up everything. The most obvious benefit of a clean gutter is proper draining. If it is stuffed up, the water will pour over the side and can lead to landscape erosion or pooling next to the house. During the winter ice dams can result. Ice dams are a result of water being trapped and freezing. This typically occurs when the temperate warms up, snow melts and then the follow day the temperature drops low enough to refreeze the melted snow.
As the old adage goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Gutter guards are definitely the best prevention for simplifying cleaning. While these devices reduce debris from entering the gutter, they will not eliminate cleaning. Still, preventing larger items like sticks and leaves from cluttering up the gutter does reduce the number of times you will have to do maintenance.