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How to Clean a Gutter

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How to Clean a Gutter

Gutter cleaning is important for all residential and commercial properties. Sadly, many home and business owners tend to put off cleaning the gutter for years on end. This leads to a build-up of mass and debris, which can seriously damage downspouts and cause harm to rooftops. According to industry experts, gutter cleaning should be done every spring and fall. This prevents mildew, dirt, and other debris from piling up – and helps restore optimal functionality and performance for your gutters. As part of the cleanup process, gutter repair and modifications should also be done to secure clean and functioning units.

Gutter Cleaning – The ProcessMan on ladder cleaning gutter

The gutter cleaning process is intricate and detailed in nature. However, it is the best way to prevent irreparable harm and damage to your gutter systems. The following steps are usually associated with the gutter cleaning process:

· Simply begin cleaning the gutter near the downspouts area.

· Remove large debris (leaves, twigs, dirt, etc.) with a trowel and safely place these in a bucket or lawn cart.

· Once the large debris is removed – you will need to flush and fine clean the gutter lengths. This can be done with a hose connecting to your outside home faucet. Start at the end that is opposite the downspout and wash the areas with a consistent motion.

· You can also use a gutter-cleaning attachment on the hose (found at any home improvement or hardware store). The water will eventually drain using this common method. However, if the water is slow to drain, simply recheck the downspout strainer and re-clean the area.

Clogged Downspouts

With gutter cleaning, there are times when the water will not completely drain. This is usually associated with a clogged downspout. The following tips will ensure complete water drainage and proper gutter restoration:

1. Check the end of the drain. If the downspout runs underground – simply remove it from the pipe.

2. Place a small nozzle on the hose and lock it in at full pressure. Turn the water on and feed the hose up from the spout’s bottom. This will clear the downspout, however, if the nozzle is too big – use a plumbing snake to clear the blockage or obstacles.

3. Reconnect the downspout and then flush the gutter again.

4. Make sure to clean the downspout strainers and you are set.

Quality and Experience Counts

While you can always clean your gutter on your own, it is always best to secure the services of an expert. With years of extensive industry experience, gutter cleaners have the tools and expertise to get the job done right. They also network with home insurance agencies to secure optimal coverage for owners. This comes in handy when modifying or repairing gutters, along with updates and adjustments. By cleaning your gutters at least twice a year, you can easily prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from amassing on rooftops and damaging vital parts and components.


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