No matter how hard your gutters are to reach, they still need to be kept clean. But getting into those nooks and crannies on the edge of a high roof can be dangerous, if not done correctly.   Let’s look at different methods for cleaning second-story gutters and find out whether they really work. These methods include:   Using ladders and proper ladder safety.  Relying on gutter guards to reduce cleaning needs.  Using vacuum and leaf blower attachments.    Using your hose. (Not recommended.)  Using a professional gutter cleaner.   

Should You Use a Ladder While Cleaning Second-Story Gutters? 

While this is a popular method to clean hard-to-reach gutters if you’re going to use ladders remember that ladder safety should always be your top priority. First and foremost, never let kids climb the ladder—this is a good time to teach them that ladders aren’t toys. Second, your ordinary household ladder probably isn’t suitable for this task. You’ll need a ladder that’s fully equipped with safety features and the proper mechanics for use on a roof. A little research can help you make sure the ladder you have at home is up to the safety standards you need.  

What About Gutter Guards? 

Gutter guards are designed to keep debris and animals out of your gutters while keeping the water flowing away from the house. Even though gutter guards don’t qualify as a way of cleaning hard-to-reach gutters, they can be a solution for homeowners looking to keep their gutters from clogging up with leaves and twigs.    The pros and cons of gutter guards include:   Pro: When you have gutter guards, you don’t need to clean your gutters as often.  Con: Installing good-quality gutter guards can be costly and time-consuming.  Pro: Gutter guards prevent birds and rodents from building nests in your gutters.  Con: Uncleaned gutter guards can turn into a miniature tree farm because of trapped seeds.    Ultimately, even with gutter guards installed you’ll still need to clean your gutters periodically. Keep reading to learn more methods.   Related topic: The Truth About Gutter Guards 

Vacuum and Leaf Blower Attachments 

There are many types of vacuum attachments for leaf blowers, as well as shop vacs to assist in the gutter cleaning process. While these attachments can be useful, they typically don’t reach every spot, which means they aren’t the best for reaching high gutters.  It’s also important to consider the safety implications of climbing a ladder with a heavy leaf blower or similar device since thoroughly cleaning second-story gutters from the ground probably won’t be possible.  

Using a Hose 

While you may be tempted to use your hose to clean your gutters, it usually isn’t the best option. The truth is, using your hose to clean your gutters can accidentally knock your gutters loose by damaging the anchors that secure them to the house. Even worse, water can get under your shingles or leak through the eaves, resulting in water damage. And, of course, it’s also not safe to carry a hose while climbing a ladder, since a splash of water on the steps or a strong gust of wind could cause you to slip.  

Professional Gutter Cleaning 

Most of the time, it’s easier and safer to let the professionals handle jobs like cleaning the gutters. If you decide a professional is a way to go, your local Window Genie is ready to help you clean your guttersOur team of experts is outfitted with the proper tools and knowledge to get the job done efficiently. Give us a call at 877-243-8624 to request a free quote. We’re looking forward to speaking with you! 
During a walk around the neighborhood, you may have noticed one or more neighbors pressure washing the siding on their homes, and wondered if the same cleaning method could be used on your roof. Unfortunately, the short answer is no. Pressure washing may seem like the quick solution to a dirty roof, but it can damage both your roof and your gutters. That’s why it’s important to use a professional soft wash service to clean your roof. Washing your roof using the correct method will help you avoid problems like damaged gutters later on.  

Structural Damage  

High-pressure washing can result in structural damage to both your roof and your gutters. Too much water pressure can loosen the granules on your shingles, which then flow into your gutters and cause damage by creating extra weight and blockages. You might even cause damage by creating loose shingles that get trapped in the gutters. Pressure washing can also damage your gutters by loosening or breaking the anchors that secure them to the house. If done incorrectly, pressure washing can quickly turn your minor roof scrub-up project into an expensive mess. You could end up with a dirty roof, damaged gutters, and a hefty bill from the contractor you had to hire to fix the structural damage. Definitely not the outcome you wanted!  Related Topic: Why You Should Never Pressure Wash Your Roof  

Paint Removal  

Applying pressurized water to your roof might remove the dirt, but it can also remove paint from your gutters. In fact, pressure washing is one of the methods professional painters use to remove paint from wood, metal, concrete, and other exterior surfaces. Even if your exterior paint is new, a high-pressure wash could easily strip it away, leaving bare spots on your gutters and possibly even along your eaves. In fact, if you accidentally send high-pressure water blasting through your eaves, you might leave your attic a sopping wet mess 

Incorrect Ladder Placement  

When it comes to climbing up onto your roof—whether you are experienced or inexperienced—using a ladder can be dangerous. In fact, according to the World Health Organization, the United States leads the world in ladder deaths. Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. caused by falls from ladders. Even if it wasn’t so dangerous, incorrect ladder placement can still damage your gutters because they’re not built to support any additional weight. In addition, you might think your ladder is steady but the force of the high-pressure water can throw you off balance—possibly damaging you and your gutters at the same time.  Use Our Soft Wash Process  Having a clean roof can make the rest of your home look even better, but it’s important to make sure it’s done the right way. After you weigh the risk and potential damage that could be caused by cleaning it yourself, hiring Window Genie to clean your roof and gutters is the way to go—best for both your wallet and your safety. Not only do we know the safest way to access your roof and gutters, but we have the tools to clean them without causing any damage. We’ll save you time, effort, and expensive repairs that could be caused by doing the job yourself. So, if you're ready to have your roof and gutters cleaned, call the pros at Window Genie for a free consultation. You can reach us at 877-243-8624 or visit our website today. 
Nothing ruins a backyard gathering or barbecue like a swarm of bugs descending on you and your guests. And noticing more bugs usually means there are a lot more that you don’t see. If you're wondering why your yard has suddenly been overrun with bugs and other pests, the reason could be hanging right over your head.   Clogged gutters are a perfect breeding ground and hiding place for pests like mosquitoes and gnats. If it has been a while since your gutters have been cleaned and inspected, it could be the reason why you’re noticing an increased number of uninvited backyard guests. In this article, we’ll explain why getting your gutters cleaned can reduce the number of backyard pest you have to contend with this summer. 

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Ideal Breeding Ground  

Gutters are designed to catch rainwater and direct it away from your roof. But when things like leaves, twigs and other debris also wind up in your gutter things can begin to backup. When this debris sits in the gutters, it clogs them up, makes them less effective, and allows water to accumulate, which can create an ideal breeding ground for bugs.  Standing water is the perfect environment for insects to lay eggs and larvae to develop. Clogged gutters with standing water keep insect eggs and larvae hidden from predators, creating the perfect nesting environment. Keeping your gutters free and flowing is a great way to get rid of this hatching environment and it will help reduce the number of pests around your backyard.  

Mosquito Haven 

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and need an environment full of organic debris like leaves and twigs in order to successfully hatch them. Clogged gutters are the perfect environment for mosquitoes to lay their eggs and larvae to develop. Mosquitoes typically lay up to 200 eggs at a time, which hatch within 48 hours. The undisturbed water in a clogged gutter provides a breeding ground that if left unchecked, could quickly create a massive mosquito problem in your backyard.   Related Topic: 3 Ways to Keep Spiders at Bay 

Flies Galore 

Flies also hatch their eggs in standing water, but the environment created by a clogged gutter can prove to be even more ideal for them. Flies multiply quickly in an environment with rotting food, produce and other organic material because they need a fermenting liquid to lay their eggs. When debris such as leaves or twigs sit in the standing water of a clogged gutter, they begin to ferment. By unclogging your gutters, you eliminate any standing water and stop fermentation of organic material, which removes the environment flies need to hatch their eggs.  

Gnats are Welcome 

Gnats love to lay their eggs in areas that have a lot of algae and fungus. Fungus gnats are specifically attracted to overwatered plant life and any type of wet, or damp vegetation. A gutter that is clogged or obstructed with leaves, twigs and other debris will retain moisture longer, which will promote the growth of algae and fungus. When this happens, it’s like putting out the welcome mat for gnats.  Related Topic: Best Leaf Removal Tips and Tricks 

Bees in the Attic 

Bees typically build their hives in areas where moisture is available, but also in areas where they are less likely to be disturbed. Your clogged gutters provide a great space for them to start and build a colony. The damp, undisturbed environment of your clogged gutters could also be attracting other stinging insects like wasps and hornets. Beehives can also add significant weight to your gutters, causing damage or collapse. And if not removed in time, a bee colony can expand, breach your roof and enter your home, which can cause a real problem. 

Enjoy the Outdoors 

Cleaning your gutters is probably not high on the list of things you want to do this weekend, but if left unattended for too long clogged gutters can develop into an even bigger problem. As the weather gets warmer, and in some cases wetter, maintaining your gutters is important. But if you’d rather spend your time doing something other than cleaning gutters, call the gutter and window cleaning experts at Window GenieKeeping your gutters clean and free from debris could be the difference between enjoying some quality backyard time this summer or taking shelter from a variety of pesky insects. 
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