Keeping your gutters clean helps prevent damage to your home’s foundation.
Your gutters protect your home when the rain comes pouring. They protect your home’s landscaping and siding.
Eventually, gutters tend to fill with leaves and other debris. When this happens, water begins to flood into the foundation of your home. Therefore, it’s essential always to keep your gutters clear and clean.
For the complete gutter cleaning guide, check out the article below.
When to Clean Your Gutters
Clean your gutters at least twice a year, once in Spring and once in Fall. If, however, you have plenty of tall trees in your neighborhood, you may find that you’ll need to clean your gutters much more often than only twice a year.
You’ll also want to check if your gutters need cleaning right after a big storm. You may need to get up there, even if it’s only to remove a downspout clog.
Like all other DIY projects, safety comes first.
First and foremost, do not attempt to clean your gutters from the roof. Cleaning your gutters from the roof makes this chore unnecessarily dangerous. Instead, make use of a ladder.
When making decisions when cleaning your gutters, allow yourself to be guided by one principle. That principle is never to reach out further than it is safe to. It may be easy to think you can lean out as far as you can to move the ladder less. On the contrary, moving the ladder is the safer choice.
Remember that since you’re moving the ladder a lot, you may lose balance. This is doubly true if you are on an uneven lawn or garden. If you can, get a spotter to keep you balanced.
Cleaning Out the Gutter
Scoop out the leaves and sediment in your gutter, starting at the downspout. You may use a small garden trowel or your hands with a good pair of globes.
Surprisingly, your hands may be a better tool for this job. In general, your hands will be much more maneuverable than any gardening tool. This makes getting downspout clogs loosened far more manageable.
Move the ladder on down and repeat the process with all your gutters once you’ve cleaned as much as you safely can in one area.
Once you’ve covered all that you can with your hands, use a garden hose to flush the finer debris that remains. Let the water run for a minute or two and ensure that the water is coming cleanly through the spout.
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