How to Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Even though the task may seem daunting, proper maintenance and cleaning of your home’s gutters and downspouts is about more than simply keeping the exterior of your home looking nice. It may also prevent damage to your home’s interior due to flooding through the foundation and walls or leaks in the roof due to seepage of water.
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- Collect all tools and pick a starting place. The corners of the home are good starting locations since this is where the downspouts are typically located. It’s best to start near the downspout and work away from it to avoid pushing additional debris into it.
- Set your Werner Extension Ladder on a level place. Secure a plastic trash bag to collect the debris. This set up minimizes clean up later. Put work gloves on to protect your hands from any sharp objects in the gutters and downspouts. The gloves will also help to keep your hands clean.
- Begin at the part of the gutter closest to the downspout. Use the garden trowel or hand spade to scoop out the debris. Place it into the trash bag. If any pieces resist being scooped up, remove them carefully by hand. If you are planning of disposing of the debris into your compost pile, then you need to have a separate trash receptacle for metal objects such as roofing nails.
- Once you have removed all of the larger debris, get the garden hose. Rinse the gutter in the direction of the downspout using the spraying attachment on the hose. Spray the gutter until no signs of debris remain.
- If the downspout is clogged, you will need to clear it. It’s probably easiest to begin by using the spray attachment on the hose to direct water into the downspout from the bottom end. This may force any clogs loose. Additionally, you can use the spray attachment on the hose to direct water into the downspout from the upper end. If that does not work, then you need to use a plumber’s snake.
- Follow this procedure for all of the gutters and downspouts on your home. Next, inspect the gutters and downspouts now for any signs of damage. Look for holes, dents, or cracks. If you discover any signs of damage, repair them as soon as possible.
- Dispose of any debris by placing it in a compost pile or the trash. Admire your clean gutters and have piece of mind that another project is done!