Gutters have an important function. They direct water off your roof and away from your home to prevent erosion or water damage. But gutters are only effective when they are clear of leaves, pine needles, animal nests, and other debris. Maintaining your gutters can be a hassle, especially if you live in a highly wooded area or if you aren’t prepared to spend money each spring and fall to get your gutters properly cleaned.

I’ve teamed up with the experts at Today’s Homeowner to give an overview of the different issues that clogged gutters can cause when it comes to maintaining your home. I also have an easy way to keep your gutters free of debris — through the installation of a gutter protection system.

*Costs in this article sourced from product prices at Home Depot.

The Problem with Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters can send water pouring over the sides to pool around the foundation. This causes cracks and damage to the foundation, resulting in wet basements, mold growth and expensive repairs.

Water from clogged gutters also can damage fascia boards, which could lead to interior wall and ceiling damage. Water flow that spills over gutters can land on flower beds, small trees, shrubs, and other landscaping near the home’s base. This causes erosion. Standing water can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes and other insects. In the winter, blockages in your gutters can also contribute to the creation of ice dams.

Gutters have an important function: they direct water from your roof and away from your home. But they often fail because of leaf buildup.

This is why it’s important to both protect and regularly clean your gutter system. If you aren’t up to doing the job yourself, I recommend hiring a professional to maintain your home’s drainage system. I’ve teamed up with the experts at Today’s Homeowner to compile the best-rated gutter cleaning companies so you can hire the right professional to maintain your gutters. But if you are looking to upgrade your system and prevent clogs, there’s an easy solution.

The Solution to Clogged Gutters

You could spend thousands of dollars purchasing gutter covers or other gutter guard systems, or you could keep your gutters unprotected and pay professionals for frequent gutter maintenance. Both are unnecessary expenses when you could just purchase GutterBrush Leaf Guards.

The 3-foot gutter inserts — which look like giant pipe cleaners — offer an easy, DIY, low-cost, and low-maintenance way to protect your gutters.

Installing GutterBrush Leaf Guards is easy — just insert the 3-foot sections in the gutter and slide them into position.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Clean and measure your home’s gutters.
2. Slide GutterBrush Leaf Guard into the gutters.
3. Enjoy year-round protection.

GutterBrush Leaf Guards do not require tools, cutting or fasteners to install them. Just insert and leave them year-round.

GutterBrush can help prevent leaves from entering your gutters, but this is just one of the many benefits of gutter guards. They also help prevent ice from moving down the gutter and blocking your downspouts during cold weather. The black bristles warm up when they are exposed to sunlight and promote quicker melting of any snow and ice.

GutterBrush also helps prevent birds, rodents, and insects from nesting in your home’s drainage system. They also offer easy access to your gutters to help you clean and maintain them year-round.

The best part about GutterBrush is that it is highly affordable, costing thousands of dollars less than most gutter covers and other screen systems.

Leaves and debris can’t build up in protected gutters. And birds, rodents and insects can’t nest in them, either.

The best part is that the system is affordable. GutterBrush costs thousands less than most gutter covers and other screened systems.

Most homes can be protected for $250 to $500, based on the average home needing 60 to 120 feet of GutterBrush.

GutterBrush Leaf Guard also can cut costs for regular gutter cleaning, and drastically reduce your labor on ladder cleaning gutters. It’s also easy to maintain your gutters with this product. All you have to do is pull out each 3-foot section, shake it clear, and slide it back in.

GutterBrush installs easily — just grab a leaf guard and slide it into position.

And you can buy with confidence — GutterBrush is a family business based in the United States and stands by its products. If you’re not completely satisfied, you can return the system for a refund. You can learn more about GutterBrush here.


GutterBrush Leaf Guard is a great option for homeowners who want to easily maintain their house’s gutter systems year-round but don’t want to spend thousands on gutter screens or other system upgrades that are difficult to install. This low-cost option is a worthwhile investment to make sure that your gutters and downspouts can stay clear of debris without much time and effort.

Frequently Asked Questions About Gutter Maintenance

Do you need to clean gutters with gutter guards?

It’s always a good idea to clean gutters with gutter guards to make sure that your home’s drainage system is working properly. However, installing gutter guards on your home’s exterior will make cleaning and maintenance significantly easier than if your gutters were left uncovered.

Can gutter guards help save you money?

Gutter guards can save you money if they are properly installed and you commit to regular cleaning services and maintenance. Uncovered gutters can easily become clogged with leaves, twigs, animal nests, or other debris. In addition to damaging the gutter system itself, this can also lead to mildew and water damage on your home’s exterior, erosion in your landscaping from overflowing gutters. At worst, heavy rainfall and malfunctioning gutters will cause damage to your home’s foundation.

What is the purpose of gutter protection?

Gutter guards work with gutter screens to protect your house’s drainage system. They keep debris from clogging your downspouts, and allow your gutters to function properly. Gutter protection is also a good investment to make sure that your gutters don’t overflow with material, which can result in sagging or having your gutters fall away from your home. This results in damage to your fascia and home’s exterior.

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