6 Gutter Cleaning Tips
Mid-Missouri residents must clean their gutters at least twice per year. Fall and winter leave dirt, debris, and other muck in your gutters and can cause them to clog.
Spring is the perfect time to get your gutters cleaned properly. Follow these six gutter cleaning tips to make the job easier and safer.
1. Safety First
Cleaning your gutters requires you to get on, or level with the roof of your home. Safety should be your priority any time you use a ladder or crawl around on the roof. To be safe cleaning your gutters:
- Use a sturdy ladder.
- Pay attention to fatigue during the job and take a break when you need to.
- Be aware of nails and loose shingles that could cause you to fall.
- Avoid putting pressure on your gutters. They are not designed to support the weight of a person.
If you check off these safety tips, you will significantly reduce the chance of damage to yourself and your home.
2. Clean the Roof
Your gutters are not the only dirty structure on top of your home. The shingles on your home will also tend to collect dirt and debris that has not made it to your gutters. Raking or power washing your roof before you clean the gutter is recommended as this will help keep your gutters from being refilled with dirt and debris during the next big rain.
Call us at 573-489-4320 to get a quote on power washing your roof
3. Wear Gloves
If it has been a while since you have cleaned your gutters, you can expect to have a lot of leaf and dirt built up. A good pair of gloves will make sure that you avoid contact with sharp objects and bacteria. We recommend getting a pair of thick suede gloves so your hands are still mobile but also protected.
4. Use a Garden Hose
Using a garden hose to help clean out your gutters can be very effective. Follow up the work you did with your gloves and hand scoop with a soft wash from your hose. Doing this will allow you to remove the dirt and debris that you couldn’t get off with your hands.
It is important to check for leaks as you run water through your gutters. If water is leaking from your gutters, this should be fixed immediately. Leaks in your gutter can cause damage to the siding of your home and reduce the efficiency of your gutter.
5. Clean the Downspout
The downspout is a major part of your gutter system, but it is often forgotten in the gutter cleaning process.
Follow up the main gutter cleaning by running your garden hose in the downspout with full pressure. As the water runs, tap the side of the downspout from top to bottom. This will knock off any clogged dirt or debris from the inside of the downspout.
Water backing up from your downspout could be a sign that you have something other than dirt and debris stuck inside. If needed, remove the downspout from the side of your home and flush it from the bottom.
6. Schedule Semi-annual Cleanings
To make sure that your gutters get the proper attention, schedule them to get cleaned twice a year. Whether you schedule these gutter cleanings with Handy Matt, or set a reminder for yourself, having this done twice a year will avoid problems and damages to your home.
Cleaning your gutters every Spring and Fall will reduce the risk of rust, water damage, and the spreading of bacteria from moldy debris.
As you prepare to clean your gutters, make sure to keep these six tips in mind. Safety should always be your number one priority while making sure that your gutters are thoroughly cleaned.
If you want to avoid getting on your roof or just want to have your gutters cleaned the right way, give us a call at 573-489-4320. We would be more than happy to give your gutters the extensive cleaning they need.