Leaves and snow that build up on your roof and in your gutters can cause lots of problems if they’re not cleared away.


Too much snow can lead to cave-ins, and ice dams can damage the roof and interior of your home. Leaves that build up in the gutters put you at risk for water damage, as rain has nowhere to run off to and can leak into the roof and walls.


Unfortunately, leaf and snow removal is no easy task and can be dangerous if it’s not done correctly. If you’re looking to clear your roof and gutters yourself, here are five things to keep in mind:

Leaves and snow that build up on your roof and in your gutters can cause lots of problems if they’re not cleared away.


Too much snow can lead to cave-ins, and ice dams can damage the roof and interior of your home. Leaves that build up in the gutters put you at risk for water damage, as rain has nowhere to run off to and can leak into the roof and walls.


Unfortunately, leaf and snow removal is no easy task and can be dangerous if it’s not done correctly. If you’re looking to clear your roof and gutters yourself, here are five things to keep in mind:


1. Wear the right gear. Make sure you wear safety gloves, as gutters can have sharp edges. Wear safety glasses or goggles and sturdy, non-slip shoes. Don’t work if it’s raining, snowing or excessively windy.


2. Use the right equipment. Using a regular snow shovel to remove snow from your roof may cause more harm in the long run, as you could end up causing significant shingle damage. You can also damage gutters as you’re trying to rid them of snow and ice. Snow-removal rakes or gutter tools are specially designed to prevent damage.


3. Make sure your ladder is safe. Before going up a ladder, inspect it for any cracks or broken joints. Place it on a flat, even surface where it’s unlikely to tip. Secure tall ladders with a fastener so they don’t move around as much. And always face the ladder when ascending or descending.


4. Consider ladder alternatives. Many snow and leaf removal tools have extra-long poles so you can stay safely on the ground while you work. Just make sure you stay a safe distance from your house so falling snow or debris doesn’t land on you.


5. Call a professional if needed. Consider calling a pro if your home is more than one story high, if you’re not comfortable being on a ladder, or if you have persistent problems with leaf and snow buildup.