It's time to clean your gutters
Gutters are one of those things that no one really wants to deal with, but if you own a home, it's a must-do to keep your home safe and save you thousands of dollars in home repair. If you are the DIY type, we've got a guide that'll take you through the basics of cleaning your gutters.
- Rubber work gloves
- Gutter Guards by Gutter Glove
- Power drill
- Safety goggles
- Pressure washer
- Garden hose
- Cleaning bucket
- Mold and mildew remover
- Paint brush
Why should you clean your gutters?
Your homes gutter system is vital to the health of your home. Gutters controls the flow of water away from your roof. Gutters not only protect your roof, it protects walls, foundation and your landscape. When junk and debris builds up in your gutters it can lead to mold growth, water damage in the basement, a leaky roof and water damage in the walls of your home. If that didn't convince you to have your gutters cleaned, clogged gutters are favorite homes for rodents, bugs and other pests. And mosquitos LOVE clogged gutters.
You should have your gutters cleaned at least twice a year. One by the end of October, the other in the spring. If you've got pine trees, you'll need to schedule cleanings every 3 months. .
There are a few options when it comes to having your gutters cleaned. The pros at Zaarly have to options and of course, you can DIY it.
Get a quote for gutter cleaning
How to DIY your gutters
1. Clean gutters when there has been a few dry days. It is much easier to clean your gutters when it's not a wet, gushy mess.
2. Start gutter cleaning near the downspout and work toward the closed end.
Never climb above the second to last step/run
- Don't extend your reach
- Use a step ladder on sollid ground if possible
- For a two story home you'll need an extension ladder
- Invest in a ladder stabilizer to help keep your ladder in place
- Never use a ladder if you don't feel comfortable, have health concerns or have not used a ladder before
Let's get started!
- Have two buckets on hand. Use one bucket for the debris you get rid of. The other bucket is to hold your tools. You can hook the buckets to your ladder.
- Wear safety glasses
- Put on rubber gloves under your work gloves Begin cleaning near a downspout. Place your ladder on level ground before you climb it
- Remove and clean the downspout strainer
- Start by clearing out the big debris
- Use a trowel or gutter scoop for compacted junk
- When most of the debris is removed, flush the remaining debris and dirt from the gutter with a garden hose
- Fit your garden house with spray nozzle
- Flush out the gutter with water, be sure to start at the furthest end and move toward the downspout
- Avoid spraying under roof shingles.
Congrats! You've cleaned your gutters. But, what happens if your gutters aren't flushing quickly? Check out your downspouts for clogs and any lodged debri. Spray the hose down the spout, if the amount of water coming through is less, it means you get to go on a treasure hunt for a blockage!
- Feed your garden hose up the downspout
- Turn hose to full pressure to dislodge the blockage
- If you're still not having luck, it's time to break out a plumbers snake
- If you needs lots of water pressure, a pressure washer is best
Now that your downspout is clog-free, give the gutters one more rinse
Check to make sure your gutters slope 1/4 inch for every 10-feet toward the downspout. If you find that your gutters do not slope properly, separate the hangers to adjust the gutters to where they should slope.
Make sure your gutters are secure against your home
Inspect each section of your gutters and downspout for damage
Add support hanger and reattach
Hang in there! You're almost done!
Seal leaking seams and joints with sealant.
Your gutters are free of debris, it's time to think about gutter screens
Cleaning your gutters is crucial to the health of your home. If digging junk out is not your thing, we've got home service providers in your neighborhood who can help!