As a homeowner, you’re responsible for maintaining your property. Many chores are seasonal and you only need to complete them at certain times of the year. Cleaning the gutters is one of these important tasks that should happen at least twice a year. You can do it yourself or hire someone to keep your gutters clean. Here are a few ways to make the job easier for you.
Clean the Gutters Thoroughly
To clean your gutters, you will need a sturdy ladder, a bucket or bag for trash, protective gloves, the garden hose, and a gutter scoop. Before you begin, remove branches, debris, and leaves from the roof so they won’t fall into the gutter.
Clean the gutter channels with gloved hands or visit your nearby hardware store to purchase a scoop for gutter cleaning. As you’re cleaning, dispose of debris in the bag or bucket, or allow it to fall to the ground and rake it up later. After removing the debris, use your garden hose to flush out the guttering and make sure the water flows freely.
Trim Nearby Trees to Keep Your Gutters Clean
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters in a while, decayed twigs and leaves may form a sludge in the guttering. Seeds can fall into the gutter and sprout in the debris. Plants growing in the channels make the cleaning process especially difficult and their roots can damage the guttering.
To keep your gutters clean, trim the trees nearby. Large branches overhanging your house should be removed to prepare for fall and winter storms. It’s also helpful to trim trees to reduce the amount of gutter-clogging materials overhead.
Keep Gutters Clean with Gutter Guards
Gutter guards and covers are available in several styles to fit the shape of your gutters. Some covers are designed for a section of your roof as well. These covers block debris and only allow water in the channels to prevent your gutters from clogging. Install gutter guards after thoroughly cleaning your gutters to keep leaves and twigs out of the channels.
Even when you do a good job of maintaining your gutters, hire a specialist at least once every few years to inspect the guttering system. He or she will look for rust, cracks, and parts of the gutter that may have come disconnected from the house. This way you can catch problems before they become worse and damage your home.