Cleaning your gutters can be annoying and time consuming. However, the longer you wait to get the job done, the longer it will take to clean. Gutter cleaning tools and proper cleaning are essential for a well-maintained house. Typically, if you do not have a gutter protection system, you should clean your gutter every spring and fall. These are the times when trees shed blossoms and seeds or leaves. However, depending on how bad your winter has been you might want to clean the snow out once in a while too. If not, leaves or snow can build up and cause water damage to your roof. If water starts to pour over your gutters, then you may also get water damage in your basement. In other words, not taking care of your gutters and not using the proper gutter supplies can cause you more money and stress. It will be worth it for you in the long run to just take the time and get those gutters cleaned.
Not sure where to start? Here are some gutter cleaning tools to help you get the job done: a trowel, two buckets with hooks (one for debris and the other for tools), a garden hose with a nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment, work gloves, and perhaps safety glasses. Of course, a ladder is needed as well. Start at the end of your gutter, near the downspout. Hook the buckets to each side of your ladder and begin picking up any large materials, such as twigs and dried leaves. The trowel will help you remove the smaller debris that may be packed down. You should also clean out your downspout strainer. If you do not have one, it is probably a good time to buy it. Once you are finished, flush the drain out with your garden hose. If you notice that the water is not flowing through the downspout properly then you will need to clean that out too.
In the end, if you are unable to climb a ladder, or you simply just don’t want to do it yourself, you can always call a professional to get the job done too.
When was the last time you cleaned your gutter?