The main purpose of gutters is to reroute the water that falls on your roof down to a large surface away from your home. With a properly installed gutter system, the siding of your home is protected, the windows and doors are protected, and the foundation will be kept dry and basements won’t flood.
Cleaning the gutters is something most homeowners would prefer not to do but when you consider all the benefits of cleaning the gutters, it certainly makes it worth the time and effort you put in it. In order for the gutter system to work correctly, you need to make sure that there are no leaves and debris inside. If the leaves and debris are allowed to dam up, then the gutters will overflow and travel to the structure of your home and begin to rot the wood. It will also rust any metal that it may touch.
How to Clean Rain Gutters
Gutters and downspouts must be free and clear of any debris, like leaves. Pooling of water in the gutter is no good for the gutter system or your home. You can hire a professional company to clean the gutters for you or you can save money and do it yourself. On average, you can save at least $100 or more. At Gutters & Windows, we ensure that our experience of our 10 years works in your favor. Our technicians are skilled, trained and licensed to handle all aspects of roof gutter cleaning processes. Gutters should be cleaned out at least two times per year.
If your home is located under trees, or if you live in a region that experiences frequent storms, then you may need to do it more often. The main point to remember when cleaning your own gutters is safety. You must be able to reach the gutters safely with a dependable ladder that you can handle. If you have more than one story you may want to consider hiring a professional with gutter cleaning tools. And we can do that with ease, at the most competitive prices. Call us now!
DIY Gutter Cleaning
If you find that you can clean the gutters, below is a simple how-to in order to help.
- If you have low-sloped roofs, see if you can blow off dry debris embedded inside the gutters using a leaf blower. Safety equipment you will need includes goggles and a dust mask to keep the dust from going into your face or nasal passage and use extreme caution. You could use a gutter cleaning kit that can attach to the leaf blower.
- Blow the dry leaves and debris from the roof before you begin on the gutters. You can also use a rake to remove a lot of the debris on the roof as well. If you don’t start there, this debris will just end up in the gutter the next rain.
- Use a plastic scoop to remove the debris from gutters that is wet and won’t blow out with the leaf blower.
- Add gutter guards and leaf catches to your gutters after you are done. The gutters will still need to be cleaned on occasion because debris can still get into them and settle inside the gutters.
- Using your plastic scoop or trowel and start at a drain outlet, toward the lower end of the gutters and work away from the outlet. The debris is easier to remove if it is slightly wet, otherwise it will just crumble..
- Use a hose to blast water up the gutters with high force. Wash out the gutter toward the drain outlet. Be aware that if there is mud in the gutters, this water can splash the mud on the house so avoid it if you can.
- Make sure that there are no obstructions in the drainpipes. Water should flow freely and if not, flush the water again. You may need to use a plumber’s auger, or snake to remove the debris from the bottom or through the top, depending on where the block is.