Gutters are narrow trays that run along the edges of your roof and collect rainwater. The spouts at the ends of the gutters allow the excess water to drain onto the ground below so that water doesn't collect on the roof and damage it. If the gutters are clogged and full of leaves, twigs and other debris, gutters can't do their jobs properly.
If you own a home, cleaning your gutters probably isn't on your list of favorite things to do. It's important that you do the job at least once a year, however, to keep the gutters clean and free of debris. If your area experienced a strong, windy storm that knocked branches and leaves off of the trees in your yard, you'll most likely need to clean out your gutters soon after it. If you don't want to clean out your gutters yourself, you can call in a professional to handle the task for you.
Here are some tips to help you easily, safely and effectively clean your gutters:
1. Protect Your Lawn
Prior to cleaning out your home's gutter, spread a large plastic tarp on the grass below the area you're working on. The tarp will help protect your grass from wet, soggy debris, and will make clean-up much easier. When you're done cleaning, simply gather the tarp and dump the contents into a trash bin.
2. Be Safe
Since gutters are located just under the roof, you'll need to use a ladder to access them. Choose a safe, sturdy, extendable one, and have a "spotter" stand at the bottom for stability as you clean the gutters.
Before you get started, put on a pair of protective gloves to avoid making contact with the gutter debris.
3. Scoop it Up
Use a deep plastic scoop, a small shovel or a garden trowel first to remove all of the large gunk from the gutters before rinsing them clean. You can either dump the contents into a garbage bag or directly onto the tarp you have set up below.
4. Rinse it Out
After getting rid of any large clogs in the gutters, rinse them clean with a garden hose equipped with a high-powered nozzle. Spray the water toward the ends of the gutters, so that the water will flow out the drains, or downspouts. Then, rinse the downspouts clean as well.
5. Protect the Gutters
If you want to protect your gutters from large clogs in the future, consider installing leaf traps on the drains or investing in gutter covers.
For more information, contact a business such as Mr.Gutter, LLC.