Cleaning Gutters: Best Practices
With the spring and summer months upon us, there are numerous projects homeowners should have on their “to-do” list. From ensuring decks and patios are structurally sound to reviewing the rest of your home’s exterior, the list goes on. If you are a homeowner, you should be sure that reviewing your homes gutter system is a priority this spring/summer. Continue reading our industry blog on Best practices when cleaning your homes gutter system!
When cleaning your gutters, you want to be sure you have a quality ladder that is properly set up. This includes an overall sense of comfort while on the ladder as well. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder, you should hire or reach out to a friend, neighbor, or family member who is willing to help you out! Be sure the ladder is set an angle that won’t end up giving out from underneath you and provides a sturdy base to conduct work.
Cleaning the Gutters
We recommend staying on the ladder while clearing debris from your gutters. Some opt to climb onto the roof, but we stay clear of this as kneeling on the edge of a roof can be dangerous. While clearing smaller sections and climbing back down to move the ladder over may take longer, the minimized risk is worth it in our opinion.
Be sure you have a great pair of gardening gloves prior to getting up to your gutters. These will enable you to grab the leaves, twigs, and other debris with ease. If underneath the section you are cleaning is a manicured part of your yard, you can elect to bring a bucket or plastic bag to hold the debris before disposing of it.
Another great tool to potentially use is a trowel in case the debris has caked itself to the gutters.
Test your gutters
It is important after you clear much of the debris to test out if the system is fully functioning. By bringing a hose up the ladder with you, you can run water until you start seeing it exit the gutters spout. If you cant climb up the ladder with the hose, you can use a spray nozzle and aim it up to where water enters the gutter.
Testing the gutters will also get any additional smaller debris you may have missed when up on the ladder.
REI: Roofing Professionals you can trust
REI roofing understands that a functioning gutter system reduces the risk of numerous potential issues for a homeowner. From water seeping into siding and rotting out wood to undermining foundations, improperly working gutters can be the cause of many concerns. Be sure to clean your gutters this spring and summer and if you notice while you are up on the ladder you could use a new roof, call the experts at REI today!