Clogged gutters may seem like a minor issue, but, they cause a lot of damage to wood, landscaping, and the foundation of your home if they go without care. That is why it is important to clean your gutters twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall. If you live in an area where there are more trees, it is recommended to clean your gutters more often.
Before you decide to clean your gutters, make sure it is dry. If it is not dry, the gutters will be mucky and messier to clean. Once dry, follow these three steps:
- Position the ladder so you are not on an unsteady lawn or garden. You will be moving the ladder quite a bit because it is not safe to reach on the ladder nor climb on the roof.
- Scoop the leaves and sediment out of the gutter. We suggest wearing a pair of gloves or using a small garden shovel to unclog the gutter.
- Use a hose to flush the finer debris. Once you’ve cleared the gutters, start with the opposite end from the downspout and flush the gutter. Always let the water run for a few minutes to ensure that water is coming out the drain cleanly. If it is just trickling, it is a good idea to put the hose on high pressure and squirt inside the downspout to clear the blockage.
We highly suggest if you do not like heights to please call a professional to clean your gutters. While this option costs money, it pays for itself when it prevents water damage to your home.
Clogged gutters are a silent danger, so it is important to take care of them before they are a problem. Having a to protect your home is crucial. Take action to prevent damage from happening and protect yourself when damage occurs with a from . To find out more information, call Diane Fox at (732) 972-1771 ext. 1108.