Gutter maintenance can be tricky, but making sure your gutters are clean is crucial to keeping water away from your home. With debris, leaves, and excess dirt in the way it makes it almost impossible to complete this task. There are a number of ways to tackle gutter maintenance. No matter what your approach, begin by assessing the state of your gutters. This is done to determine whether or not clogs exist and if so, why. Leaves and twigs can be removed easily, but once dirt begins to settle inside your gutters it can be hard to remove.
Here are a few of our best solutions to cleaning out your gutters:
If your gutters are not severely clogged, it is possible to clean them with a garden hose. Depending on what kind of hose you have determines if you have to do the work on the ground or a ladder. If your hose has a tube with a ridged or curved end, you should be able to do this job from the ground. Begin the debris removal by starting on the end of the gutter that is the furthest from the downspout, so that it’s flushed throughout the length of the channel. Remove any residual material should by hand before it dries out.
Gutters can also be cleaned with a leaf blower. Most leaf blowers come with a nozzle attachment, clearing the unwanted leaves and debris from your gutters by blowing these obstructions out as you move down the gutter. If any leaves, twig, or debris are left remaining, hose it down and your gutters will be functional again.
To remove heavier debris from your gutters try experimenting with a wet/dry vacuum. These vacuums can be found at home improvement stores. Before purchasing one of these vacuum make sure that it has a curved attachment that will allow you to clear your gutters while standing on the ground. Also keep in mind that some dirt is tough to remove if it’s been in your gutters for a while. If this is the case, moisten the dirt before vacuuming it up. Finish the job by rinsing your gutters with a garden hose to be sure your gutters and downspout are clear.
If it’s been a while since the last time you’ve cleaned your gutters, your best solution is to use a power washer. Dirt and debris builds up over time making it a lot more difficult for water to penetrate through. A power washer will force the unwanted debris out, which can be messy, but very effective. If you decide to use this technique be prepared to rinse your home’s roof and exterior after the job is done. Using a power washer to clean your gutters is the best remedy to get the job done other than bringing in professionals. For downspouts that are extremely clogged start by pointing the nozzle down into the hole of the gutter and keep rinsing until water is able to run through without any hesitation or delays.
It’s also possible to clean your gutters by hand. This will require a ladder, bucket, and gutter scoop otherwise known as a garden trowel, and most importantly thick gloves. Start by taking as much of the debris that you can and place it inside the bucket. Next flush the gutters and downspout with water. Continue with this process until you are sure that both parts are functioning correctly. If this isn’t working and your downspouts are still clogged attempt to break through the obstruction with a plumber’s snake. Afterwards rinse thoroughly with a garden hose.
While the methods for cleaning your gutters are all great options, the best solution is to allow the experts to take care of your gutters for you. This will reduce your stress and allow you more free time to get on with your day without having to worry about the gutters and whether or not you’re actually cleaning them right. Consult Angie’s List or the BBB for recommendations on a reliable gutter cleaning service.
Call 123 Exteriors today for a free consultation to have an exterior restoration specialist give your gutters a peek.