Cleaning Gutters

Some homeowners clean their gutters using a leaf blower while walking the perimeter of the roof; this is dangerous for the homeowner and , it can cause considerable damage to the roof. Unfortunately, there's no easy way to do the job; however, there are professional companies for hire that can do the job for you. Using a garden hose to wash debris into the downspouts often causes clogs and consequently, more work.

Regular cleaning and inspection of your home's gutters and downspouts may prevent damage to your home's interior. When gutters and downspouts are full or become clogged, flooding can occur as well as roof leaks caused by water seepage. Gutters and downspouts should be cleaned and inspected at least semi-annually. Typically, the best times to tackle the job are spring and fall.

The tools you'll need include thick work gloves, an extension ladder, a garden hose with a spray attachment, and possibly a plumber's snake. A bucket with a handle on it and an s-hook make the job a little easier.

Attach a garbage bag or bucket to the ladder before extending the ladder up to the roof. Position the ladder near a downspout and make sure the ladder is securely in place before clibing up to the roof. Clear and deposit debris from gutters into the bag or bucket. Work gloves help protect your hands from any sharp objects such as rofing nails, commonly found in gutters and downspouts.

Next, use the garden hose to rinse away dirt or residue. If the downspout is clogged, spray water into the top of the downspout to flush it out. If the clog perists, try to same thing at the other end to help break up whatever is stuck inside. As a last resort, you may need to use the plumber's snake to dislodge the clog.

Submitted by DavinStrand on Tue, 03/23/2010 - 17:19.
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