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Useful Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters

It isn’t just the irritating, huge amounts of water that pour off of the roof on rainy days that are bothersome, it’s the effect that all that water has on the integrity of the home’s framework. If you neglect your gutters, you’ll end up turning the task from a necessity into a costly nightmare. Gutters clogged up with sticks, leaves and other debris can result in a leaky roof and/or water damage to the exterior and interior of your home. Clogged up gutters also attract a variety of pests, including insects and rodents. Following are some great tips for cleaning your gutters and avoiding these potentially costly problems.



Stick to a gutter cleaning schedule

The pros at Gutter Cleaning Fairfield advise that gutters should be cleaned at least once a year. If your home is located in a heavily wooded area or there are trees that hang over it, you should clean your gutters twice a year – in the fall and when summer starts.



Using the right tools, including the following, will make cleaning the gutters easier.

Garden Hose

Use a garden hose with an attached spray nozzle with a pistol grip to clean your gutters. This style of spray nozzle lets you adjust the water pressure using one hand and can be hung on the edge of the gutter when you need to move the ladder. You can purchase these spray nozzles at your local home improvement store. Before you start spraying, remove the biggest chunks of debris. Then, aim the spray toward the downspout, sending the left over debris down the downspout. Disconnect the downspout if it’s connected to an underground drain that leads out to the street, preventing a potential clog further down the system under the driveway or lawn.

Gutter Scoop

Using a gutter scoop to remove debris is the best overall way to clean out gutters. Avoid using a metal scoop because they can potentially damage the gutter and its seams. You can also attach an extension pole to your gutter scoop to reach farther, reducing the amount of times you’ll need to move the ladder.

Rake off the Roof

It’s always a good idea to rake all of the debris off of your roof before you clean the gutters. If you skip this step, the next time it rains all the debris will be rinsed down into your nice clean gutters, clogging them up all over again. On top of that, if you leave debris on the roof, it can cause water to dam up, leading to erosion, which can cause the roof to leak.

Unclog Downspouts

Be sure that the downspouts are clear. Once you’ve cleaned the gutters, run the water hose at full pressure down the downspout. If the water backs up, there’s a clog is present, which in some cases can be unclogged simply by tapping on the side area of the downspout. If that doesn’t work, you’ll need to remove the downspout and flush it out from the bottom. If the downspout is attached to an underground drain, disconnect it at the bottom. If you don’t, the clog might move on into the underground drain.

Hiring an experienced gutter cleaner is also an option. Find a company who specializes in gutters and ask about seasonal maintenance packages.