Cleaning your gutters might be one of those home maintenance jobs you really don’t look forward to. Yet, it’s a very important task. If you don’t clean them out at least every spring and fall, debris will build up and trap water that could damage your roof and your foundation.
To make gutter cleaning easier, wait until a non-rainy day when the debris has dried. You will need to use a ladder and maybe an extension ladder, so be careful and contact a professional gutter cleaning service if you feel at all uncomfortable doing this job yourself.
Begin the job near the downspout and remove all large debris by hand. Then you can clean out the remaining debris with a hose. All of the water should flush out your downspout, and if it doesn’t, you might have a clog or your gutters might have shifted and are no longer at the proper angle. While cleaning your gutters, you may notice that some repairs are necessary too.
Before deciding whether to do it yourself or call a pro, you can watch helpful videos about gutter cleaning and repairs on the Lowes website.
If you’re looking for a way around gutter cleaning, Gary Wade with Southern Windows & Siding recommends installing a gutter guard system. Gutter guards fit right on top of your existing gutters as long as they are in good shape, and they prevent leaves and debris from getting into your gutters in the first place. While debris is kept away, water is still able to drain through your downspout. There are many companies that can install gutter guards or offer D-I-Y kits like Gutter Glove, LeafGuard and Gutter Helmet.
So whether this is the year you install a gutter guard system or you would rather stick with seasonal cleanings, don’t forget to give those gutters some attention!