Is there anyone that really likes the job of cleaning out gutters? If you said yes, then you may be in the wrong place, because you already know what this is all about! Gutter cleaning isn’t a particularly pleasant job, but it’s something that simply has to get done. You can either call for a professional to do it, or you can do it yourself.
Why Clean Your Own Gutters?
Professional cleaning services sound like a real win, because they keep you from having to do any gutter cleaning. But, you might want to reconsider and do the job yourself instead.
Cleaning your own gutters is going to save you a chunk of cash each year that you can put towards something else. It’s also going to help you by letting you inspect your gutter system and your roof, so you can spot any potential issues ahead of time. These are the two main benefits of doing your own gutter cleaning, but there might be more depending on where you live.
Tips for DIY Gutter Cleaning
If you want to clean you own gutters, here’s a few words of advice to get you going:
- Use the right stuff
You won’t get the job done well unless you bring the right tools along. You should use a good pair of work gloves, a handheld cultivator or trowel, a tall ladder, and a garden hose. Without these tools, you’re not going to get the gutters as clean as they should be.
2.Get your hands dirty (with gloves on, of course!)
The reason you need gloves is to get rid of the layer of silt that has settled on the bottom of your gutters. This stuff makes a big mess, and it can wreak a lot of havoc on your gutters if you don’t get it out. Rust, mildew, mold, holes, and all sorts of other bad things can form when you leave silt for too long. So, scoop it out with your gloved hands and be done with the risks.3
3. Remember the downspouts
Gutters are useless without a good set of working downspouts. Make sure you clean these out too if they are clogged or dirty.
4. Test your work
Take the garden hose and run a stream of water through the gutters once you’ve cleaned them. If it runs through without issues, you know you’ve done a good job. Any snags or pooled up water signifies that you need to do a little more to get those gutters in perfect shape.
5. Don’t take risks
Gutters are always going to be high in the air, but some are much higher than others. If you have a multi-level house, a weird set of gutters, or any other risky conditions, don’t risk your own safety. There are professional services that know how to get it done with little to no personal risk. You aren’t a super hero, so don’t try to act like one!
DIY gutter cleaning may not be glamorous, but a set of clean, functioning gutters is a reward in and of itself. If you’ve got what you need and some spare time, why not give it a try?