To keep your roof in top shape, it is important to clean your gutters at least once every spring and fall. If too much debris builds up in your gutters, it can trap rainwater on your roof. This leads to both internal and external water damage and mold.
Even if you already know that cleaning your gutters is important, it can seem like a daunting chore. At American Custom Contractors, we encourage our customers to keep up with roof maintenance to prevent expensive repairs and replacements.
Here is our guide on how to clean your gutters from the roofing experts on our team.
How to Clean Your Gutters in 6 Steps
If cleaning the gutters sounds intimidating, just take it step by step. Follow these instructions, and you will have the job done in no time.
Step 1: Check the weather.
If you clean your gutters the day after a storm, the leaves and dirt built up over time will still be wet. This will make it much tougher to remove. Wait for a clear, sunny day when the contents of your gutters will be nice and dry.
Step 2: Gather your supplies.
To clean your gutters, you will need a ladder, a garden trowel, plastic buckets with hooks, a water hose with a gutter cleaning attachment or a nozzle, and thick work gloves to protect your hands. You can find all of your supplies at the local hardware store.
Step 3: Set up your ladder.
Use a step ladder whenever possible for maximum safety. If you live in a two-story home, you may need an extension ladder to reach some of your gutters.
Hook each of your buckets onto the top step of your ladder. Use one to hold your tools, and the other to collect and discard debris.
Step 4: Clear out debris.
Put on your work gloves. Use your hands to remove large debris like branches or twigs. Use the trowel to dig deep into the gutters and remove smaller dirt and leaves.
Step 5: Flush out remaining dirt.
Once you have removed the bulk of the debris by hand, flush out the gutters using the water hose. You can do this from the ground if you have a gutter cleaning attachment.
Step 6: Check for drainage problems.
If you notice any standing water in your gutters after you run the hose, it could be due to a clog in the downspout or a problem with the slope of your gutters. Call a professional roofer to help determine the best solution for your gutters.
Clean Gutters Mean a Longer Lasting Roof
We hope this guide on how to clean your gutters helps out with this DIY project. When you keep your gutters clean, you can extend the lifespan of your roof.
If you are uncomfortable standing on a ladder, or if you notice something amiss with your roof while you clean, call American Custom Contractors. A member of our expert team will be happy to help you.
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