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A Guide To Do-It-Yourself Gutter Cleaning

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Dirty gutters are a problem for at least the following reasons:

  1. Dirty gutters can prevent water from flowing down downspouts, and then water will run over the edge of the gutters and can cause problems for your foundations.
  2. Dirty gutters get heavy and can pull away from your house, making it so they will not work properly even if they are clean.
  3. Mosquitoes and other insects can use your gutters as a staging ground to launch attacks on you and your home.

To prevent these and other problems, you need to have your gutters cleaned as necessary. 

Preparing to Clean Your Gutters

The first step when you set out to clean your gutters is to make sure that you are safe. No matter what technique you use to clean your gutters, you will will most likely have to use a ladder at least some of the time. Before you climb your ladder, make sure that it is resting against your fascia board rather than your gutters so that you don't damage them. Also, make sure you have someone on hand to hold the ladder so that you don't have to worry about it slipping and dumping you on the ground. 

Cleaning Your Gutters

Cleaning your gutters with a hand trowel and a bucket can be tedious, messy, time-consuming work. If you are looking to make the job go more smoothly and quickly, then you should consider using a pressure nozzle with a gutter attachment. Such an attachment will have a hooked shape that allows you to use your washer from the ground to clean your gutters—as long as you only have a single-story building. If you a two-story building, you will likely need to use a ladder to access your gutters, but at least you won't have to climb so far off the ground. Gutter attachments for a wet/dry vacuum can be used to similar effect, but you can't beat the power you get from a pressure washer. 

Gutters are not difficult to clean, but they do require quite a bit of ladder work. As long as you are cautious and enlist someone to hold your ladder for you, you shouldn't have problems. On the other hand, if you are not comfortable on a ladder, you may want to call a company like Unique Gutters & Exteriors to clean them for you. Either way, you should clean your gutters at least every spring and fall to keep them draining properly.