Gutter Cleaning 101

Gutter Cleaning 101

When’s the last time you cleaned your rain gutters? More than likely, it’s been a while. Still, your home becomes vulnerable to foundation and roofing issues that could cost you thousands without gutters. Bring out the work clothes because your next DIY project is here!

Let us paint a picture for you. Let’s say you’ve got a couple of trees that hang over your house. As leaves and branches die, they fall on your home. If your home doesn’t have leaf guard gutters, that means trouble. Over time, as the leaves, twigs, acorns, etc begin to fill your gutters, water flow is restricted. Okay, so the water doesn’t flow as well. What’s the big deal? We’re glad you asked! If debris prevents water from flowing through your rain gutters, that means the water is going somewhere it shouldn’t. Gutter systems are designed to release the water at your home’s least vulnerable locations. If water gets backed up in your gutter, it will find its way under your shingles or into weak areas of your foundation; if you allow your gutters to get clogged, your burning money.   

Now that we know the risks let’s make sure we have everything we need for the job. 

  • A sturdy ladder 
  • Clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • Eye protection 
  • Gloves
  • Hand scoop 
  • Tarp
  • Water hose 

Once you’ve got the right tools for the job, you can get started.

How to Clean Your Gutters

 

Step 1: Set up your latter

Make sure your latter is sturdy and won’t move as you climb. It may be helpful to ask a friend to assist if your ladder doesn’t have a place at the top to store your tools. 

Step 2: Lay your tarp

After you have your latter in place, place your tarp just below the area you will be working on. The idea is to scoop the gunk in your gutters and drop it on your tarp. If you think you’ve got good aim, try a wheelbarrow instead! Either method will make cleanup a breeze.

Step 3: Get the gunk!

Once your tarp and ladder are set up, it’s time to get to work. Be sure to take your time and work your way around your home with your scoop, don’t forget your eye protection as the wind can easily blow debris into your face. After you’ve made your way around once. Double-check and make sure you didn’t leave any gunk that would restrict water flow.

Step 4: Flush it out

Now that we’ve removed all of the significant debris with your gutter scoop, it’s time to flush your gutter system with a water hose. Flushing will remove any remaining debris and ensure your gutters are flowing at maximum efficiency. 

Pro tips

While you’ve got your ladder out, go ahead and check your roof for any damage. Hail, high winds, and even falling branches can cause damage to your roof. Even the smallest hole can cause severe damage. If you have questions or want a free professional inspection, get in touch with us here, and we’ll get you scheduled!

If you found the gutter cleaning process to be a little too time-consuming, you’ve got a few options. One option is leaf guard gutters, which are designed to prevent leaves and other debris from entering your gutters. You can go longer between cleanings but eventually, they will need to be cleaned, which will be more difficult given their design. 

And there you have it! Now you know how to clean your rain gutters. If you found this blog helpful, check out our others here. Happy roofing!