Properly maintained gutters drain rainstorm runoff away from the house, protecting your windows, doors, foundations, and siding, while preventing the dreaded basement flood. We all know gutters should be regularly cleaned and inspected, but gutter maintenance can be an intimidating task—or a death defying one, depending on who you ask. Fortunately, there are a few gutter gadgets on the market that will make your life a whole lot easier.
Guard Your Gutters
If you live in an area with mature trees, you may want to consider gutter covers. Sure, you could clean leaves and branches out of your gutters after the fact, but why not prevent the clog before it happens? Installing gutter covers will save you a trip up the ladder after every storm.
No More Falls
The most intimidating thing about gutter maintenance is the possibility of falling. Stabilize a precarious ladder while protecting your gutters from the weight with the Ladder-Max Stand-off Stabilizer. This handy tool keeps you safe, and makes gutter cleaning a one-person job.
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Skip the Ladder
No ladder, no problem. With an extension pole tool like GutterWhiz, you can clean your gutters from the ground. The tool also comes with a place to attach your smart phone so you can scope out your gutters with a video before you get to work. This tool works best with dry debris.
Save Your Downspout
Many major gutter clogs happen in the downspout, where debris can be much more difficult to dislodge. Protect it with a simple and affordable filter.