Cleaning Gutters: A Quick How-To

Article Posted By: Home Depot Staff

Cleaning gutters is a project that you should do twice a year, in the spring and fall. The fall cleaning is most important and should be done once leaves are finished dropping. Cleaning your gutters will help to ensure proper water drainage away from your home and its foundation.

You will most likely need an extension ladder to accomplish this project, depending on the height of your house. Always remember to take the proper safety precautions when using a ladder to reach your gutters. Ensure that your ladder is on level ground and as you begin to climb it, it does not move side to side. For added stability attach a stabilizer to the top of your ladder. As a bonus, a stabilizer works really well around a window.

Once your ladder is properly secured, you can climb up to your gutters. Put on waterproof gloves and scoop out the leaves by hand. The gloves will help keep your hands dry and protect you from any sharp sticks that could be in the gutter.

Another option is to take a half-gallon jug and cut off the bottom. Once the bottom is off, cut the sides at a 45-degree angle. Grab the handle and then use it as a scoop to clean out the leaves. Whether you clean the gutters out by hand or use a scoop, remember to keep one hand on the ladder for safety.

A third option is to use an attachment to your pressure washer that is designed to clean gutters. It is curved and shoots a powerful stream of water in opposite directions. Not only is it helpful at removing leaves and other debris it is also effective at removing dirt.

Once your gutters are clean, consider topping them with a gutter guard. This is a topper that will help keep your gutters leaf-free and keep them from clogging.

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