Gutter Cleaning

Clean out those gutters

No matter what type of gutters you have, you should clean them twice a year – once in spring and once in fall, after the trees have shed their leaves. Gutters help keep your home's foundation, siding, windows and doors safe from the eroding effects of pounding rain and therefore need to be kept in perfect working order. Gutters that aren't cleaned at all can eventually get so backed up that water will pool on your roof, causing massive damage and leading to leaks and costly repairs.

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Gutter Cleaning Equipment

If your gutters have gutter leaf guards, you can probably get away with cleaning your gutters only once a year (preferably in autumn). Gutter cleaning can be as intensive or as simple as you want it to be, and the amount of time you put into it is really up to you.

Your gutter cleaning tools should include a ladder with a hook that can carry a bucket. This will allow you to climb up and take a direct look at your gutters without carrying tools in your hands or your pockets, as this poses safety hazards. Use the bucket to hold all the tools you need.

If you want to clean your gutters manually, all you'll need is your hands. But for a faster and more efficient cleaning experience, a few basic gutter cleaning tools will come in handy. A leaf blower – especially one with specific gutter attachments – can push dry leaves out of the gutter. A gutter scoop gets right in those hard-to-reach places and helps get rid of clumped dirt and masses of leaves and twigs.

Rain Gutter Cleaning

You could hire a gutter cleaning service to keep your gutters clean and debris-free, but you can save the expense unless you're physically unable to do the job yourself because the process is actually quite simple. All you need to do is clear out leaves, twigs and soil deposits. Start at the downspout and work your way up. While you're cleaning your gutters, check your gutters for any damage, erosion or leaky joints. Noting these problems early makes roof repair much easier down the road.

After your gutters have been cleaned out thoroughly, you can check your work and rinse out any small debris with a garden hose. It's important not to do this before you've cleaned the gutter, or the water pressure may actually cause a blockage that will be very difficult to correct.