DIY Gutter Cleaning Tips

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Gutters work hard all year round to make sure rainwater and melted snow is safely filtered away from your home’s foundation. Unfortunately, more than just water makes its way into your gutter system. Gutter cleaning should always be on your to-do’s as the seasons change to ensure they can keep doing their critical job.  

These five DIY tips for cleaning your gutters will help you get the job done in no time:

  1. Know when the right time is for the job.

Homeowners should expect to clean their gutters twice a year: once in the spring and then again in the fall. However, if your yard has trees towering over the roof, you may want to clean them more frequently since leaves build up quickly and blockages cause severe problems.

  1. Gather the necessary supplies.

First, you need to find a sturdy ladder so that you can reach your gutters and someone else who can watch and secure the ladder to ensure your safety. Next, you’ll also want to wear the right protective clothing, such as a long-sleeved shirt, glasses, and gloves. Lastly, get the tools you’ll need to get rid of all that gunk, such as a hand shovel and bucket. You may also want to lay a tarp over your grass to avoid any fallen debris from ruining your lawn or plants.  

  1. It’s time to clean.

Now that you have everything you need, it’s time to get cleaning. Use your tools to scrape all the built-up gunk out of the gutters and into a bucket or down on your tarp. Once everything has been removed, use a hose to flush out the remaining dirt, check for leaks, and ensure all the clogs are gone.

  1. Don’t forget the downspouts.

Since downspouts typically have an area or two where they bend, debris can get stuck easily, and many people forget to clean these spots. Flushing the downspouts with a fast stream from a hose may be enough, but if not, try using a plumber’s snake! That should do the trick. 

  1. Give a thorough inspection.

Now that they’re cleaned, take a moment to check the gutters themselves and your roofing nearby for any signs of damage or debris that needs to also be removed. If there are any spots for concern in either your gutter or roofing systems, be sure to call your local roofing experts in CT for an inspection, repairs, and any needed replacements. 


When your gutter system needs raptors or a replacement, the experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help. Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.

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