Cleaning your gutters is a key part of keeping your home maintained that often goes left for next year. Neglected gutters can lead to costly damage to your home's foundation, roof, and walls. To keep your gutters flowing right, it is best to know how to clean them while reducing the risk of injury. In this article, we will explore the best methods for safely cleaning your gutters, and we will look at how using gutter guards makes the process even safer.

Step 1: Get Your Tools

Safety Gear:

Safety glasses and gloves

Ladder:

Garden Hose:

Opt for a hose with a nozzle that gives high amounts of pressure. The more pressure you have, the easier it will be to flush debris out of your gutters.

Scoop or Trowel:

A scoop or trowel is a handy tool for getting the leaves, sticks, and other debris out of your gutters. It will allow you to remove more gutter trash at a time than just using your hand.

Use a stable ladder on even ground

Buckets or Trash Bags:

Use these as a place to put the debris as you clean. Add a bucket hook to your ladder to make it easy to keep your hands free to clean the gutters.

Brush:

This tool is optional but can help you out when it comes to scrubbing at stubborn dirt and algae that may have collected in your gutters.

Step 2: Do a Safety Check

Safety is vital when you are working on a ladder. You should make sure that:

Plant growing in gutter

Step 3: Remove Waste

Start to remove debris from the gutters. Use your gutter scoop or trowel to loosen and scoop up the waste. Start at the downspout and work along the gutter's length, making sure that you remove the leaves, twigs, and other debris thoroughly. Place the waste in your bucket or trash bag for later disposal.

Step 4: Flush the Gutters

After removing most of the debris, use your hose and a high-pressure nozzle to flush out any remaining dirt, leaves, or small particles. Starting at the end farthest from the downspout and working towards it helps to make sure that any loosened debris flows out of the gutters and down the downspout.

Step 5: Check for Clogs

While you flush the gutters, be vigilant for any clogs or obstructions. If you spot a blockage, use a long, flexible tool to get the clog moving by pushing it gently. Avoid using sharp objects that could pierce or damage the gutters.

Check for damage and weak points in the gutter system

Step 6: Check for Damage

As you clean, check your gutters for any damage or components that have come loose. Tighten loose screws, brackets, or hangers and replace any damaged sections. Making sure your gutters are in good repair is crucial for proper water flow.

Step 7: Consider Gutter Guards

Gutter guards are a great answer for those looking to reduce manual gutter cleaning frequency.

Mesh gutter guards keep out the trash and let in the water

Benefits of Gutter Guards:

Considerations When Installing Gutter Guards:

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