Gutter Cleaning in Rhode Island: How to Do It

Part of the reason that Rhode Island is such a wonderful place to live is because of the abundant foliage that transforms into a breathtaking multi-hued palette during the fall months. But after that, these vibrantly-colored leaves fall off the trees and many of them wind up in your gutters — especially after a rainstorm.

If left alone, the leaves and other debris can form clogs in your gutters, which can cause runoff water to spill over the sides and eventually lead to damage to your basement, landscaping, and foundation. So it’s important to keep this from happening by cleaning your gutter periodically.

Cleaning Gutters by Hand

The simplest way to do this is to climb up on a ladder with a small hand tool and scrape out all of the accumulated debris onto the ground or into a bucket or bag. This is a cumbersome process, because you have to climb down frequently to move the ladder to the next spot. Plus, you make yourself vulnerable to ladder falls and injuries, which happen thousands of times every year across the U.S.

Cleaning Gutters From the Ground

Some innovative homeowners will purchase or build a ground-based gutter cleaning system. This usually involves a long wand that fastens to a garden hose or a lengthy vacuum extension that attaches to a wet-dry vac. The idea is to stand on the ground and either spray or suck all of the leaves and debris out of the gutter. Unfortunately, it is difficult to do a thorough job because you cannot see into the gutters … unless you climb up on the ladder, which sort of defeats the entire purpose.

Cleaning Gutters Using Robots

There are even remote-control gutter cleaning devices available on the market. The most common is a gutter-cleaning “robot” which moves around inside your gutter and tosses out debris in front of it with attached brushes and scoops. The device has a rechargeable battery and operates using a handheld controller. But this robot is expensive, and it sometimes becomes stuck in undersized or severely-clogged gutters.

The #1 Gutter “Cleaning” Solution

The best way to keep gutters clean is to avoid having to remove debris in the first place. Gutter Helmet’s gutter protection system accomplishes this goal by preventing solid debris from entering the gutters while allowing runoff water to trickle in unimpeded. In fact, Gutter Helmet is so certain of the efficacy of this product that it guarantees that you’ll never have to clean your gutters again!

Gutter Helmet is installed by professional contractors over your existing gutters. If you’re interested in learning more about this comprehensive gutter protection system, either fill out the form to the right or call 1-800-975-6666. You’ll receive a free, no-obligation estimate in the comfort of your own home.

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