Gutters are designed to funnel rainwater away from a home. Properly working gutters help keep a home’s basement from filling with water, and protect a home’s foundation from long-term, structural damage, and keep a roof in tip-top shape.
In other words, keeping clean gutters is essential for homeowners. Thankfully, gutter maintenance can be a do-it-yourself job.
There are four main steps in gutter cleaning, summarized cleanly in this 4-minute video from Lowe’s.
- Gather your tools. You’ll need a ladder, a bucket, a hose, and a trowel.
- Scoop large debris from the gutter, using the trowel for hard-to-reach places smaller sticks and leaves
- Flush the gutters using a garden hose and spray attachment
- Remove clogs in the downspout and check for proper sloping
Gutter maintenance is a twice a year task and the Lowe’s video offers helpful safety tips, too. Of course, if you’re uncomfortable on a ladder, or prefer to hire a professional, reach out to me anytime.
I’m happy to make a local gutter-cleaning recommendation.