Cleaning Your Own Gutters

June 20, 2022 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Cleaning your gutters is a relatively easy job for homeowners. Gutters get clogged with leaves, dirt, and other debris over time. Cleaning them often allows them to work correctly. Learn how to clean your gutters below. 

Why You Should Clean Your Gutters

Gutters control the flow of water away from your roofline. It helps protect your walls, roof, and foundation. Unfortunately, compact debris causes your gutters to sag, and you can get water damage. You’ll also be susceptible to pests by neglecting your gutters. Clean gutters also help to maintain the appearance of your home. 

How To Clean Your Own Gutters

Once you are ready to clean your gutters, here are some tips to follow.

  • Practice ladder safety. Always use a ladder level to the ground, and never extend your reach. 
  • Clean the debris. Use a two-bucket system when cleaning your gutters. Use one to remove debris, and the other to hold your tools. You may need a trowel or gutter scoop compacted debris. Also, wear protective glasses and gloves.
  • Flush the gutters. Once you remove the large debris, you’ll want to flush the smaller pieces with a garden hose. Use the spray attachment and spray evenly, moving the water toward the downspout.
  • Inspect the downspouts. If you notice water not draining correctly, you won’t have to check the downspouts for clogs. If there isn’t water from the downspout like usual, you could have a block. Feed the hose through the downspout from the ground position. Turn the hose on to full power. If the clog blockage does not come out, you may need to use a plumber’s snake.
  • Once the gutters are free of blockage, check for proper flow and leaks at the seam. You’ll also want to ensure the gutters are at the appropriate slope. Gutters need to be attached firmly to the house. You can use a screwdriver or drill to tighten it.
  • Finish the process. You can use gutter sealant for any cracks or gaps. Use a pressure washer to clean the outside of the gutters or touch up paint if needed.

Gutter cleaning is a necessary home maintenance item. With some simple tools and practice, you’ll become an expert at cleaning gutters. You should clean your gutters at least once per year, and it’s always a good idea in late fall once all the leaves have had a chance to fall. 


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