How to clean your guttering safely

There’s a reason why we have gutters on our roof. The ordinary home owner may not realize it but gutters play an important role is keeping your home as stable as it is.

With that said. How often do you clean your gutters?

Oh, don’t worry. I wouldn’t be surprised if you gave me a “not that often” answer. Truth be told, a lot of people neglect their gutters up until it start falling on top of them. A defective gutter, due to neglect, can cause damage to your house sidings, house foundation, and landscape plantings. Depending on your house, this can mean hundreds if not thousands of dollars in damage.

The idea of a gutter is simple, keep rainwater away from the parts that get damaged by it. This means away from the walls of your house as much as possible and preventing saturation of your foundation.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutter?

If you ask me, I’d say twice a year is a good answer especially if you have trees around. You can also do quick maintenance clean ups every after big storms.

So How Do Can You Clean Your Gutter Safely?

First, make sure you wear the proper attire for the operation. Wear a shirt with long sleeves to protect your arms from dirt and any possible contamination. Also wear rubber gloves as you will be handling debris on various states of decay.

Next, get yourself a nice and dependable extendable ladder. I can’t stress how much you are going to need extendable ladders in your home so go get one. If possible, find one with ladder horns or standoff stabilizers so you won’t damage your gutters.

Use a scoop to remove the gunk on your gutter. You can buy a gutter scoop from your favorite hardware store or you can always use your kid’s sand shovel. Just make sure you clean and disinfect it after using.

Make sure you won’t just throw the debris and gunk anywhere. This can severely damage your lawn. Use a plastic tarp to line up an area where you can place the debris.

After getting all the visible debris and gunk out, flush everything down with water from a garden hose. Make sure the water goes down with no obstruction whatsoever. At this point, you should also look for leaks in your gutters and downspouts.

If you are not too confident with doing the cleaning yourself, there are a lot of people willing to do the job for you like The usual price hovers around $50 to $250 depending on the size of your house. Aside from the cleaning, an expert can also do minor repairs on your gutter if needed.

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