How to Clean Gutters Like a Pro

With the end of the summer coming into focus, it’s getting to be that time again – time to clean gutters! If you’re like most people, you probably dread this task. It can be messy, dangerous, and time-consuming. But it doesn’t have to be! In this article, we will teach you how to clean your gutters like a pro. We’ll go over everything from safety precautions to the best way to get the job done quickly and efficiently. So read on for all tips and tricks you need to know for clean gutters!

Why It's Important To Have Clean Gutters

Before we get into the nitty-gritty of how to clean your gutters, let’s talk about why it’s important to keep them clean in the first place. Your gutters play a crucial role in protecting your home from water damage. They channel rainwater away from your roof and foundation, which prevents leaks and flooding. If your gutters are clogged, they can’t do their job. This can lead to serious problems like water damage, mold growth, and even structural problems, such as cracks in your foundation. In short, keeping your gutters clean is essential for protecting your home from costly destruction.

Now that we’ve covered why it’s important to clean your gutters, let’s talk about how to do it.

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Safety First!

The first and most important thing to keep in mind when cleaning your gutters is safety. This is a task that should always be done with caution, as there is a risk of falling from dangerous heights. If you don’t feel comfortable getting up on a ladder, we recommend hiring a professional to do the job for you.

If you do decide to tackle this task yourself, there are a few safety precautions you should take. First, make sure you have a stable ladder that is tall enough to reach the gutters. Second, always have someone else nearby to spot you in case you fall. And third, wear gloves and eye protection to avoid getting hurt by debris.

Now that we’ve gone over safety, let’s talk about the best way to get your gutters clean.

The Best Way To Clean Your Gutters

There are a few different ways to clean your gutters, but we think the best way is with a power washer. A power washer is a machine that uses high-pressure water to clean surfaces. It’s the quickest and most effective way to remove debris from your gutters. If you don’t have a power washer, you can also use a garden hose with a nozzle attachment. Whichever option you choose, be sure to use caution and start with the nozzle on the lowest setting. You don’t want to damage your gutters with too much pressure!

Once you’ve chosen your method of cleaning, it’s time to get started. Begin by spraying the gutters with water to loosen up any debris that is stuck. Then, use a gutter scoop or garden trowel to remove the debris from the gutters. Be sure to dispose of it properly. We recommend placing a trash bag on your roof so it is always handy, or you can use a wheelbarrow and have the person helping you move it along so you can easily drop debris into it. 

Once you have scooped out most of the loose larger debris, turn on the power washer or hose to give the gutters a final rinse. This will remove any remaining debris and ensure that your gutters are clean and ready to do their job!

And that’s it! You’ve now learned how to clean your gutters like a pro. Just remember to take your time, be safe, and have patience – and you’ll be finished in no time. 

If your gutters need more than a good wash, we’d be happy to install new ones on your home. Our 5” gutters are perfect for the midwest weather. When installing, we replace all the current downspouts to ensure that the entire drainage system is working the way it should. We can also install screens to prevent your new gutters from getting clogged! Contact us for a free estimate at ClaytonHoover.com/roofing. We are always here to help you. Thanks for reading!

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