Cleaning Your Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is one of those necessary tasks that every homeowner hates. If you let it go, though, you’ll have gutters that won’t drain and tiny trees sprouting on your roof.

Take care when you do anything kind of work on your gutters, because of the dangers of falling. To clean your gutter, you should start with a ladder. Be careful not to lean the ladder on the gutters themselves, as they might break. It’s recommended that you use a ladder stabilizer to clean your gutters. Both of these tools can be either rented or bought for low amounts of money. To clean the gutters, scoop out all the large debris such as leaves by hand. You can also buy a tool called a gutter scoop for no more than a few dollars. You can then put it in a bag, so it doesn’t get caught in the lawn mower.

Once that’s done the odds are good that there will be mud caked on the bottom of your gutters. You can use a regular garden hose to wet the mud and wipe it off with a towel. This whole process might take a while depending on how large your house is. Once completed you should check if your down spouts are clogged. You can do this by shining a flashlight down them, or running a steady stream of water down them. An alternative to this labour intensive process is a leaf blower. This is of course not the safest way, but it’s the easiest by far. You will still have to wash the mud off the bottom, but it will definitely save a lot of time and energy.

Keeping your gutters clean

There are a lot of things you can do to prevent the amount of debris that enters the gutters. You can buy mesh that goes over them to prevent leaves from falling in, while still allowing water to enter. Such a product will save hours of your time the next time it’s your turn to clean the gutters. There are plenty of products at your local hardware store that cover your gutters. It’s recommended that you consult with the manufacturer of your gutters before making any decisions. For the winter you can by a heated cord to melt ice and snow in gutters. It simply runs along your gutter and when turned on will melt all ice. You can leave it up all year round, but only turn it on during winter. Leaning against gutters is one of the most common mistakes made. They are not meant to be leaned upon, and could come loose causing you to fall. Remember, your safety is more important than clean gutters.