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Here's Everything You Need to Know About How to Clean Your Gutters

Whether its fall foliage clogging your gutters or just time for spring cleaning gutter , leaves and dirt can do some serious damage to your house if you aren’t proactive about keeping your rain gutters clear of debris. Sure, it's not the most fun project, but your bank account will be less pretty if you have a leaky roof and a damaged foundation thanks to gross gutters.

A rain gutter’s function is to direct water away from your home. Rainwater that falls on your roof runs off into the gutters and flows away from your house, preventing structural damage to your home. You want to protect your foundation, driveway, and sidewalk from water possibly pooling on the sides of your house—and a gutter can do this as well as prevent soil erosion. If you have garden beds close to the exterior of your house, soil erosion can cause water to puddle, thus drowning your plants. The foundation of your house could settle due to soil erosion—leading to cracked walls and uneven floors. From tell-tale signs of clogged gutters to hiring a professional, here's your how-to guide for cleaning gutters.

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR GUTTERS ARE CLOGGED?

We talked about the soil erosion, which can lead to your plants dying from too much water. If your basement floods a lot and/or the siding on your home is rotting, check your gutters for blockage. A leaky roof can also be a sign that your gutters need to be cleared or repaired. Water sitting in the gutters along the roofline can back up under your shingles, resulting in leaks in the attic and water damage on your ceiling. Let that all sit without repair and you’re well on your way to mold damage and dollar signs down the road.

 

Rain Gutter Downspout

 

Downspouts direct rainwater away from your home, protecting it against foundation problems that can occur if water pools on the sides of your house.

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR GUTTERS?

On average, you should clean your gutters at least three times a year. But that’s relative to how many trees you have around your house, and how much precipitation the region you live in gets. Anytime they are remotely full, they need to be done. It will likely be more often in the fall and into the winter months when falling leaves are in their prime. If your downspouts aren’t flowing like they need to be, clean 'em out. If you can see that the lip of the gutters are full, clean 'em out!

WHAT TOOLS DO I NEED TO CLEAN GUTTERS?

You can use any combination of a pair of gloves, a leaf blower, an attachment for the end of your garden hose, and a ladder. But honestly a pair of gloves and your own two hands will do the trick. Safety is number one when it comes to cleaning gutters. Always use a lean ladder instead of a folding ladder to protect yourself from falling. If you’re worried about scratching the siding of your house with a lean ladder, you can purchase ladder bumpers.

HOW DO YOU CLEAN GUTTERS FROM THE GROUND?

There are attachments like this Buyplus Gutter Cleaning Tool for your garden hose designed specifically for cleaning gutters without a ladder. They also make gutter cleaning attachments for your leaf blower, too!

Readmore: Gutter Cleaning Tips That Can Save Your Life

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