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How to Clean Gutters

How to Clean Gutters

Published: 08/10/2012

» Gutter Cleaning



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      Gain access to the gutters with a ladder. Don't lean the ladder against a downspout or gutter, which can easily bend or break.  We highly recommend the use of a ladder stabilizer this will eliminate any gutter damage and increase safety.  A ladder stabilizer will lock the ladder into place preventing the ladder from slipping.

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      Remove leaves and twigs from the gutters by hand with gloves or with a spackle knife, a gutter scoop or a small garden trowel.

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      Wet down caked-on dirt, which can be difficult to remove without damaging the gutter itself, then remove it with the spackle knife or trowel.

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      Put debris in a bucket or plastic trash bag placed on the roof or ladder. If you use a bag, you can just drop it when it's full.

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      Check that the downspouts aren't clogged. Use water to unclog your downspouts by placing a garden hose in the opening.  Simply take the downspout apart If a plugged downspout can't be cleared with a hose.

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      Alternatively, use a leaf blower to clean the gutters.  Tip: The blower can also be used to blow out the downspouts; however, remember that you'll be high up, often in awkward postures, and carrying a good-sized machine that not only is awkward to use but also can blind you with dust.

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      Use the hose to flush the gutters with water after cleaning. (This is also the best time to find out if there are any leaks in the system.)  Then finish up by using the blower to clean up any debra that fell on the groud for the finishing touch.