The Best Way To Clean Gutters
Clean Gutters for a Protected Home
Having clean rain gutters isn’t just about keeping your home looking amazing – clean gutters keep your home protected too! Did you know that having clean gutters can help you:
Control your flow. Clear gutters let you control where your roof water goes. Whether it’s in a rain barrel or simply through a downspout and onto the lawn, you’re keeping the water away from your foundation.
Keep your landscaping happy . If you’ve worked hard to make your yard look great, large amounts of water run-off from your roof can be a major, unexpected bummer. Cleaning your gutters can let you direct the flow of the rainwater away from your beautiful blooms.
Be on the side of your siding. Properly functioning gutters will keep excess rain from creeping in and around your siding, windows and foundation, which causes discoloration and structural damage.
Smart Tips for Clean Gutters
Making a gutter cleaning session part of your spring and fall home maintenance routine is an important, proactive habit to keep roof water run-off away from your home and landscaping. It also gives you the opportunity to inspect your rain gutters for leaks and sagging zones.
When you‘re ready to tackle the task yourself, use these tips on how to clean gutters:
- Clean your gutters once a year, but consider multiple cleanings if you have lot of trees in your yard or neighborhood.
- Clear out your gutters after storms, if necessary.
- Use a ladder to get to the gutters and, if possible, use ladder horns to keep the gutter from being damaged.
- Scoop out debris with a small gardening shovel.
- Put the debris on a tarp or into a bucket for disposal, so it doesn’t end up as a mess in your yard.
- Use a hose to force water though the downspouts to make sure they are clean.
Hot Tip: If you’re uncomfortable with ladders and heights or cleaning gutters simply isn’t your idea of a good time, there are plenty of professional services that can handle the job for you. Pricing is usually based on the size of your house, the amount of time since your last cleaning, and other factors like roof slope, and if you need any of the gutters repaired.
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