Gutter cleaning may not be your favorite task on your post-winter to-do list. However, it’s a small task that can prevent costly problems. This should be during the spring and fall months. The last thing you want are downspouts clogged with leaves, which can lead to water damage to your food. Once the water starts pouring over the gutters, it can end up in the basement or crawlspace.
Never attempt to clean gutters while standing on top of the roof! This approach is extremely dangerous. Instead, utilize a ladder that is firmly placed on even ground. To keep the process organized, utilize one bucket for gutter debris and another for the tools needed for cleaning.
Let’s get to the cleaning
- Always wear long sleeves…you don’t want to scratch or cut yourself when cleaning them
- Utilize a small plastic scoop to remove the gunk. You can find one of these at a local hardware store.
- Utilize a plastic tarp. This is to avoid throwing the debris onto your lawn.
- Flush your downspouts with a water hose after clearing the muck. After flushing the downspouts, your visibility should be better to spot any leaks. Once spotted, immediately act to fix them to avoid water damage.
Not a fan of cleaning gutters? That’s fine! You can always hire a professional to do the job for you. The price will depend on the size and height of your home.
Slow Down Clogging
Prevention helps! Your gutters will become clogged. It’s inevitable. That doesn’t mean you can’t slow down the process. You can purchase gutter covers in the form of clip-on grates or mesh screens. This can be a little pricey, with $6-$8/running foot being the average for these covers. They also require a regular maintenance to keep them clear.
We hope these tips help you clear your gutters for the spring. This process should be done before the spring, during the spring, and during the fall as well. Want to learn more about spring cleaning? Take a look at our blog that discusses more than just cleaning gutters!