Blog Why Homes Without Trees Still Need Gutter Protection February 15, 2017March 13, 2018Jeremy KelseyBlog Just because you don’t have trees in your yard, doesn’t mean you can afford to skimp on gutter protection. Although debris from trees – like leaves and twigs – are some of the main culprits behind gutter clogs, many other types of debris can accumulate in an unprotected gutter, resulting in significant water damage to your home. Gutter Helmet® is an innovative gutter leaf guard that prevents all types of debris from entering your gutter and obstructing its function of draining water away from your home. Here, we explain how this brilliant technology works to defend your home against water damage, and why it’s such a crucial investment for all homeowners – even those who don’t live near trees. How Gutter Helmet® Works Gutter Helmet uses the principle of surface tension to channel water smoothly into your gutters, while directing debris like leaves, seeds and other items safely away from your system. This innovative technology prevents clogs from forming in your gutters, thus sparing you the hassle of needing to maintain your gutters on your own. Even better, it requires zero maintenance from you. Available in a range of colors to match your home, Gutter Helmet can be installed over your existing gutters to provide your home with strong defense against the elements, along with enhanced aesthetic appeal. Why You Need Gutter Protection Even If You Don’t Live Near Trees Leaves and twigs are not the only debris that can clog your gutter. As Jim Moon of Moonworks Home Improvement explains in the above video, his crews find all sorts of things in unprotected gutters. Here are just a few of the most common items that can get trapped in your gutter and cause a major clog. Insects: Gutters are a cesspool for insect breeding, particularly in warm weather. Without gutter protection, insects such as mosquitos, flies and wasps can get into your gutter and build nests that can clog your system. Dead Rodents: Did you ever notice a foul smell in your home, but weren’t able to pinpoint the source? Chances are it was the stink of a dead animal in your gutters. Small rodents like squirrels and chipmunks can crawl into your unprotected gutters and become trapped, where they will eventually die. Half-Eaten Clam Shells: Yes, you read that right. While this one only applies to coastal homes, it packs a punch. Seagulls flying over the ocean carry their partially eaten meals (mainly clams and other shellfish) back to land, where they drop them, frequently into uncovered gutters. If you live near the ocean and have noticed a strong stench emanating from your home, there’s a good chance it’s the rotting remains of a seagull’s dinner. Spare yourself this unpleasantness by investing in Gutter Helmet. Contact Us Don’t wait for insects – or anything else – to take up residence in your gutters and cause a clog. Call (800) 824-3772 today to speak to one of our experienced professionals about installing Gutter Helmet on your home.