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Gutter Cleaning Tips and Tools

Gutters need to be cleaned regularly. The most common type of debris found in gutters is leaves, small twigs and branches. Debris in gutters causes corrosion and could puncture your gutters. Sixty percent of gutter clogs are caused by debris located at the top of the gutters. Cleaning your gutters properly will help you avoid costly repairs and prevent water from seeping into your home. Overflowing gutters will eventually allow water to seep under the shingles on your roof and into your walls through ridge vents and windows. Plus, clogged gutters are heavy and could cause the gutters to loosen.

Gutter Cleaning Tools
Gutter cleaning tools can help facilitate a thorough cleaning of your gutters. There are many gutter cleaning tools on the market that you can purchase to help clean your gutters. Good-quality gutter cleaning tools can be purchased for under $100. If you don't want to spend the money on a specialized gutter cleaning tool, transform tools you already have into gutter cleaners. There are several tools that you probably have in your home that can easily double as a gutter cleaning tool. A trowel, garden spade or spatula makes a great gutter cleaning tool. If you are physically unable to clean your gutters, hire a professional gutter cleaning company to do it for you.

Gutter Cleaning: Four Easy Steps

1. Clean out the downspout debris. Begin at the bottom of the downspout. Use the trowel to scoop out debris.

2. Clean out the gutter debris. Carefully position and climb up a ladder. Scoop out debris with your hands. Alternatively, use a gutter cleaning tool as directed.

3. Clean out the gutter with a hose. Wash out each end of the gutter using a hose. For the best results, use a high pressured nozzle.

4. Clear additional debris. If the water is not flowing steadily through the gutters, then there is still debris that needs to be cleared. Gently use a plumber's snake to remove additional debris.

Additional Gutter Cleaning Tips:

* Follow proper safety precautions when using a ladder. Never place a ladder on ice. Place the ladder on a firm, level base. Avoid leaning an extension ladder against the gutter as it could dent or damage the gutter.
* Wear gloves to protect your hands. Gutters have sharp metal screws sticking out into their troughs.
* Wear safety glasses or goggles.
* Make sure that the downspouts are cleared before you start flushing the gutters with water.
* Rent, borrow or purchase a power washer to deep clean the gutters. If you clean the gutters a few times a year, you can avoid the need to power wash.
* Inspect the gutters for any damage.


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