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Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tricks

If there are trees nearby your home’s roof, you can be sure that the gutters get clogged every so often. This especially happens during the fall season. Cleaning your gutters now can save you from a lot of problems winter may bring later.

Cleaning up clogged gutters is a very tedious and potentially dangerous task if you don’t know the proper procedures. Unless you are confident of your equipment and tools, it’s always best to ring the professionals. Saving a few bucks is never worth your health and well-being.

If you don’t have a fear of heights and plan to do it yourself, here are a few gutter cleaning tips and tricks before you start:

gutter with autumn leaves

 

  1. Check your local weather report. People tend to overlook the weather and it could change anytime of the day. Wouldn’t it be frustrating if you were in the middle of cleaning and rain suddenly appeared?

  2. Let someone know you are going to clean your gutters. Due to the nature of this task, it is very accident prone. Informing a loved one who can check-up on you in case anything happens. Best to have a helper in case you drop something.

  3. When cleaning gutters, expect a lot of gunk and debris. Make sure you are wearing the right clothing. A long-sleeved shirt will not only protect you from dirt, but from the sun’s burns as well. Protect your hands with gloves and your eyes with goggles. Wear rubber-soled, closed toe shoes to prevent slipping.

  4. Check your equipment. Particularly, your ladder. Here is our ladder checklist you can go through before you make that climb:

    • Check for loose bolts, defects, and dents
    • Is the height enough?
    • Can it carry a five-gallon bucket for debris?
    • Use either an aluminum or fiberglass ladder for strength 
    • Don’t use a wooden or orchard ladder

  5. Use gutter scoops to take-out the dirt from the gutters. Using a small, plastic scoop is ideal. This way, you can also clean out the small, hard to reach corners.

    dirty gutter

  6. To protect your lawn and landscaping, spread a tarp underneath your workspace. This will catch bits and pieces of debris and dirt as you clean your gutters

  7. After removing the large chunks of gunk and debris, flush your gutters with your garden hose. This will help wash out the dirt that is too small to scoop out. It will also allow you to easily find any leaks your gutters may have.

Looking at your clean gutters can feel very fulfilling. And once you’ve done it a few times, you realize it’s not that hard to do. If you think you are capable of doing it, and you have the right tools and equipment, go right ahead!
Otherwise, seek out a professional to do the dirty job. With their experience and complete tools, you can be sure they will get the job done fast and well. Clean gutters will save your roof and money especially during the winter season!

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