Your gutters are very important to your home. They channel water away from your home so that it can not infiltrate the interior and so that it can not damage your foundation. Wen they become clogged, they stop serving this purpose and can actually begin to damage your home. The overflow can easily begin to pour into your house instead of going away from it. Clogged gutters also become heavy when water soaked leaves accumulate. This can cause damage to the gutters themselves and cause them to fail or fall away from your home. To prevent these problems, you need to clean your gutters on a regular basis. Here is how you can do that.
To clean your gutters, you will need a ladder capable of reaching your gutters, work gloves, a bucket, a garden trowel and a lengthy garden hose.
Place the ladder at a corner of your home and put on your work gloves. Grab your trowel and bucket and climb the ladder. Use the trowel to loosen leaves and debris and scoop them up with your gloves and place them in the bucket. Avoid allowing large pieces of debris from getting into the downspout where they could cause a clog. Also, avoid reaching too far from the ladder which would be dangerous. Repeat this process along the entire length of your gutter section.
When you are finished manually removing debris, grab your garden hose and take it up the ladder. Spray down the gutter to wash smaller debris down and out of the gutter. You can use this step to also check the gutters for leaks or clogs in the downspout. Make sure that the water flows quickly out of the gutter system and does not back up. Also make sure that the gutters do not leak at the joints.
Repeat this process around your entire home until all of your gutters are clean. You should clean your gutters in this fashion at least once a year. If you live in an area with many trees, you may have to increase this interval to once every 6 months. If this seems like too much work or if you are not good with heights, you should consider hiring a contractor to do the work.
Gutter Cleaning Tips
- Always be careful with ladders. Safety should be your first priority. Never stretch to reach anything, instead move the ladder.
- A bucket hook for your ladder can help make your job easier.
- Gutter guards can prevent your gutters from ever getting clogged or full.
- If you want to cut weight, you can use a pocket full of plastic grocery bags in lieu of a bucket. Simply tie them off and throw them down when they become full.