Gutters are the unsung heroes of a roofing system. While your roof as a whole is instrumental in keeping your home safe from the elements, gutters are instrumental in maintaining your roof’s integrity. If your gutters become clogged, over time, this can lead to blockages. If your gutters are clogged, rain or snowmelt will be trapped. This can lead to leaks, which can ultimately lead to issues with your entire roofing system.
This is all to say you should never underestimate the importance of having gutters that are fully functional and clean. But, what is the best way to clean gutters? Below you’ll find methods for cleaning gutters, as well as some safety tips to ensure it goes smoothly and doesn’t end with a trip to the hospital.
Methods for Cleaning Your Gutters
Use a Leaf Blower
Your trusty leaf blower is one way to get rid of debris in your gutters and get them functioning properly once more. If you don’t have one, there are some great options available to purchase. Make sure to choose one that has a nozzle attachment so that you can get into the gutters and clear them thoroughly. Just be wary of where you’re blowing the debris, as you don’t want it to slide into the downspout. If you’re worried about standing on a ladder, there are attachments that allow you to extend the reach of the blower.
Use a Pressure/Power Washer
If your gutters are seriously clogged, or it’s been a significant amount of time since you cleaned them, a power washer might just do the trick. If you use a pressure washer, be prepared for two things. First, pressure washers can be dangerous if not used correctly. So unless you have experience in using one, it’s best to call a pro to help unclog your gutters. Second, they can be extremely messy. So, be prepared to clean up the exterior of your home as dirt and grime will likely spray from your gutters.
Just Use Your Hands & a Garden Hose
You can also fairly easily (depending on the severity of the build-up) clean your gutters using your hands. All you’ll need is a ladder, bucket, garden trowel or gutter scoop, and some work gloves. Simply use your garden trowel or a gutter scoop to take out leaves and debris and place it into your bucket. Once you’re complete, make sure to use a garden hose to ensure that the gutters and downspouts are functioning properly. If you run into any issues with your downspout, you can use a drain snake to clear any remaining blockage.
Safety Tips For Cleaning Your Gutters
Use Your Ladder Properly
One of the biggest mistakes you can make when cleaning your gutters is not being safe when using your ladder. Make sure your ladder is extremely sturdy before using and consider having someone help out by holding the ladder down (especially if it’s not 100% sturdy). Falling from the top of the ladder can easily lead to broken bones. In addition, always observe the three touchpoint rule and always face the ladder when coming down.
Protect Your Hands
We’ve mentioned this already, but it bears repeating. Definitely wear work gloves while cleaning out your gutters. You’ll save yourself from some potential scrapes and it can be kind of a dirty job sometimes.
Protect Your Eyes
This is especially important if you’re using a power washer or pressure washer to clean out your gutters. Debris can fly out from all over the place so wear some safety goggles to ensure you don’t get anything in your eyes.
Use Rubber Shoes
If you need to get up on your roof to properly clean your gutters, wearing rubber shoes will provide better traction and reduce the possibility of slipping. If you need any help installing new gutters or fixing up a broken gutter system, reach out to Eagle Eye Roofing today!