Cleaning gutters is not the most glamorous job, but it is essential for proper roof drainage and leak prevention. Here are some tips for cleaning your gutters like a professional.
1. Use the right tools
Grabbing the nearest stick and poking it around in your gutters isn’t a smart or effective way to clean them. Use goggles, gloves, a small scoop, bucket (for collecting the debris), and a ladder to get the job done the right way. You may also need a plumber’s snake for particularly bad clogs. Make sure you wear clothes you don’t mind getting dirty!
2. Pressure it out
Once you’ve scooped as much of the dead leaves and debris out as you can, use the pressure setting on your hose to rinse out the rest. Typically clogs respond well to pressurized water, just be careful—if you don’t disconnect the underground pipe first, you could make the clog worse. The goal is to flush the buildup along the gutter and out.
3. Call for backup
Cleaning gutters is typically easier if you do it with a partner. Have your gutter-cleaning cohort pass you tools while you work, hold the debris bag open, or help you move the ladder.
4. Install gutter guards
There are a variety of gutter guards out there that strain dead leaves and sticks, preventing clogs altogether. Not only will they make the job easier next time you clean but also they could extend the lifespan of your gutters. Consider making this investment, particularly if your gutters get clogged on a regular basis.