Cleaning your gutters is very important, as blocked gutters can be the cause of many worse problems. Imagine that your gutter is full of leaves and sticks, and it gets blocked up when it rains. What happens next: your gutter gets too heavy for the supports to hold up and it ends up breaking.
Rather than allowing your drains and gutters to get so full that they break, why not just spend some time cleaning them out? It’s really not all that hard, and you will find that you can do it quite easily if you take the time to do it regularly. If you can spend even just half an hour on the weekend cleaning out dirty gutters, you will find that you won’t have to worry about them becoming clogged ever again.
Here are some tips to help you as you start your cleaning:
Tip 1: Get someone to help
When you are climbing up onto the roof to get at the blockages, you will have to use a ladder. Many accidents have happened when people try and climb up a ladder on their own, as the ladder slips or rocks. Rather than allowing yourself to have an accident due to negligence, take the time to get someone to help you.
Sure it may feel silly getting someone to hold the ladder for you, but imagine how silly you would feel if you fell and injured yourself just because you didn’t want to ask for help. Get one of your kids, your spouse, a friend, or a neighbor just to help hold the ladder as you climb it. It can help to make it easier for you, and will prevent accidents.
Tip 2: Use your hands
It sounds awful, but using your hands to scoop out all the junk from the gutters is the best way to go. Your hands are thin enough to easily fit inside the gutter pipe, and you can easily get all the junk out of the drain that way. It may be icky, but remember that it’s just leaves, sticks, and water that has congealed into an icky, sticky mud.
Tip 3: Consider pressure washing
Once you have scooped out all of the muck, why not spend a few minutes to wash down the gutter with a pressure washer? It will take an extra 10 minutes to get the washer up on the roof and hooked up, as well as another five or ten minutes to wash it all down. However, you can leave your gutters sparkling clean, and they won’t need another thorough cleaning for a long while thanks to the pressure washer.
Tip 4: Don’t forget the downspout
Many people clean out the gutter and make it look sparkling clean, but they forget all about the downspout. The fact of the matter is that clogged gutters usually mean that the downspout is clogged as well, so take the time to clean it as well. You can usually unclog it easily by spraying down it with the pressure washer.