Fall is the season when gutters are cleaned out in preparation for the rainy or snowy season ahead. It’s time to clean out those clogged gutters, and to do it safely.
Naturally, you’ll need a ladder so that you can reach the gutters. Protective clothing, like a long-sleeved shirt and gloves, is also helpful. You can purchase a special gutter scoop to get this job done or use a child’s sand shovel for a budget-friendly option. Of course, it never hurts to get in there with your hands to make sure every last bit of debris gets removed. What are you going to do with the gunk that comes from gutter cleaning? Think about that before you climb up there! A bucket or pail that can hang from your ladder is one option. Another is to place a tarp on the lawn, and simply let the mess drop. The leaves and other debris that comes out of your gutter make a great addition to your compost pile.
Once you have all the muck cleaned out, use your garden hose to flush the gutters. This will take care of any last bits of debris, and it’s also a good way to check for leaks in your gutter system.
Don’t Forget the Downspouts
Since downspouts generally have a bend or two, they’re prone to clogs. Flushing the gutters with a strong stream from your hose may be enough to clean out the downspouts, but if not, you will have to take another step. A plumber’s snake is useful in this scenario. Insert the end of the snake into the downspout until you feel resistance. Then turn the crank and work the snake to clear out the clogged material.
Gutter guards can prevent the debris from piling up in the first place, which may, in turn, prevent the need for a replacement roof or other roof repairs. Some experts, however, feel that the cost of installation and maintenance isn’t worth it. If you take a couple of hours, a few times a year, to do a thorough job of gutter cleaning, it’s relatively easy to keep your home free from the water damage that clogged gutters can call.
RE/MAX Realty Professionals—The Results Team—is ready to help you buy or sell your home! Visit www.calltheresultsteam.com. Or call Lesa Miller at 812-360-3863 and Jenivee Schoenheit at 317-258-0995.