Cleaning the gutters of your home is one of the most important projects, unfortunately, it’s too often overlooked. Many homeowners wait until late into the fall season before they get the job done, however, this delay makes the task a lot harder. In this article you will find out how to properly clean your gutters. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional roofer, it’s totally your decision.
But before we tell you how to clean your gutters, let’s first see why this job is so important. Well, the reasons are countless. For starters, clogged gutters are the main cause for icicles that hang around your home in winter or annoying waterfalls that pour off the roof in rainy days. They also burden the home’s structure with extra weight. Debris and dirt that accumulate in gutters absorb rain water and become extremely heavy. All this extra weight is putting a lot of pressure on the gutters hanging brackets, causing them to loosen or even break. When this happens, you need to hire a professional roofer to fix them, which means extra money from your pocket.
Before you start, make sure you have a small hand rake, a garden trowel, a container to gather the debris, gloves and a ladder. Set the ladder an arms length away from a corner downspout, take your container for debris and the garden trowel and begin your ascent. Be careful when climbing the ladder.
Once you’ve reached the top of the ladder, use the tool to pull the dirt and debris away from the downspout, being careful not to let any junk fall into the opening as it will create clogs. Never reach further than an arms length away from the ladder! Once you’re done, move the ladder and repeat the operation until you clean all gutters around your home.
There are many methods for cleaning gutters, however, the one that we’ve just mentioned is the easiest and the safest, for both you and your roof. The main advantage is that you won’t have to actually go on top of the roof, and step on shingles. They can get easily damaged, plus you can get badly injured.
As we said at the beginning, you have two options, whether to do the job yourself or hire a professional roofer. If you opt for the second one, we recommend TA Marsh Roofing. They are experts in roofing maintenance and repair. If you reside in San Diego, CA, call (619) 669-1600 and they can do the job the same day.