How to always keep your Gutters clean

A plastic scoop is an ideal gutter-cleaning tool. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. To clean the gutters, shovel out leaves and other form of debris with the plastic scoop. Use a ladder thats long enough to reach the gutters comfortably. As you work, move the ladder frequently. Dont lean or bend to reach to either side or you might lose your balance.

 

After cleaning out all the loose debris, flush the gutters with a garden hose. Check the downspouts by flushing them with a hose. If a downspout is clogged, you can break up the clog with a plumbers snake fed down through the opening in the gutter. Clear out any remaining debris with the hose.

 

To keep the downspouts clear, use a wire leaf strainer at each one. Insert a leaf strainer into each downspout opening along the gutters, then push it in far enough to hold it steady. The strainer will prevent sticks and other debris from entering the downspout and clogging it.

 

Many homeowners use plastic or metal screening leaf guards on their gutters to keep leaves from building up. Leaf guards are not effective against leaf fragments, leaf cases and other small debris that can go right through the screening. Gutters covered by leaf guards must still be cleaned regularly, and leaf guards may make the cleaning much more difficult.

 

After cleaning out the gutters, let them dry thoroughly, and inspect them for signs of damage. Rust spots and holes can be mended with wire screening and asphalt roof cement. 

How to always keep your Gutters clean

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