How is it that humans have put a man on the moon, invented the internet, and created an instant ramen soup that anyone can buy for less than a dollar, but we still haven’t created clog free gutters?
The solutions seem simple enough, but do they really work? Some may say yes. Some may say no. For some, it depends on what kind of trees dwell over your house. So in the interest of keeping our human evolution growing at an alarming rate, let’s take a look at rain gutters and figure out whether or not they can truly be clog-free.
The Problem With Gutter Screens
When we think of clog-free rain gutters, we think of a screen placed over the top of our existing gutter. This allows leaves and twigs to pass over the gutter onto the ground while allowing rainwater to flow through.
In theory, this is a great idea! But it doesn’t always work as intended. Which leaves us periodically cleaning and unclogging our gutters.
So, why does this supposed clog-free system not work? Well, no matter how fine of a mesh screen you place on the gutter, debris will still fall through. Pine needles, small pieces of broken leaves, and chomped up acorn shells all manage to slip through the cracks.
Don’t get us wrong, the screens do block a majority of debris, but periodic cleaning and unclogging is still required.
Why Debris Still Builds Up
Gutter guards work to some degree, but the best designs are very expensive to install and out of reach for the majority of homeowners. Investing in a semi-effective gutter guard might not even be worth the money.
First off, most gutter guards have a tendency to catch debris. Leaves and sticks build up and sit on top of your gutters. This blocks water from flowing through, sending it over the gutter onto the ground. Over time, this will erode the soil around your foundation and cause other issues with your property
If the rainwater can erode the soil around your house, what do you think the water is doing to the leaves that it passes over on its way to the ground? Those leaves trapped on top of your gutter screen are eroding and breaking into small enough pieces. This will eventually fill your gutter full of sludge!
Bust out the ladder, looks like you’re still on cleaning duty.
No one likes cleaning gutters, especially during a heavy rainstorm. The job is messy, time-consuming, and dangerous. And with gutter guards in your way, your job just got even harder!
Calling on a professional for rain gutter repair and cleaning is the most effective way to keep your gutters clean and functional. That way you skip the hassle of cleaning and the wasted expense of semi-effective gutter guards.
Clog Free Gutters One Way or Another
If having clog free gutters is your ultimate goal, you can come very close to achieving that! Either by installing an expensive rain system, or two, if the first one doesn’t work or by hiring a professional to come and do scheduled gutter cleaning. Until the day comes where clog-free gutters are obtainable for all, keep dreaming!
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