How To Clean Your Gutters

It’s a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. And it’s an important job. If your gutters are clogged, you can actually damage your home quite a bit. It’s a fairly easy task, however, with the help of a ladder, some gloves, a hose, and a few helpful tools. Clean your gutters twice a year in spring and fall to prevent any damage from summer thunderstorms and/or winter blizzards. Always use a ladder and always keep your waist between the rails. Never clean your gutters from your roof.

Step 1:

Lay a tarp beneath your ladder at your starting spot to catch debris and leaves.

 

Step 2:

Attach the standoff stabilizers to your extension ladder and secure ladder. Make sure to always err on the side of caution when on a ladder. Never reach out. Instead, move the ladder around when you need to access more of the gutters. 

 

Step 3:

Starting at the downspout, with your hands (recommended) or a garden trowel, scoop out the leaves and sediment, tossing it down below (or place in a bucket if you are able to attach one to your ladder).

 

Step 4:

Once you have cleared out the gutter, use a hose to flush out the smaller particles of debris. Start at the end opposite of the downspout. Monitor the water strength and ensure it flows freely. If it trickles, see if there’s any gunk you’ve missed.

 

Step 5:

Repeat until you’ve degunked all gutters.