How To: Clean Your Gutters

Gutters are an integral part of your exterior home because they protect it from hazardous water damage- your roofing, siding, windows, landscaping, and foundation would all be ruined without proper rain gutter installation! If you’ve read our latest blogs, we continuously state the importance of cleaning out your gutters twice a year. Neglecting this chore unfortunately can lead to extreme damage, as they may be clogged, overflowing, filled with debris etc. So- how do you properly clean your gutters? If you’ve never done it before, it may be intimidating. Here is a step by step guide!
Step 1: The Ladder
The first thing you need to do is properly secure your ladder so you can be eye level with the gutters. We recommend securing the ladder to the house to make sure nothing goes awry. Take proper safety precautions while doing this step- and if you’re unable to get up on the ladder, we recommend hiring a gutter cleaning service.
Step 2: Gloves
After you have secured your ladder and eye level to the gutters, put your gloves on. From the ground you have no idea what you might find in your gutters, branches, debris, even kids toys, so having gloves on will allow you to pick up any unwanted items out of the gutters.
Step 3: The Hose
Once you’ve gotten rid of obvious debris, you’ll want to bring your hose up and flush out your gutters. It’s important that the pressure of your water isn’t to intense and that you’re angling your hose correctly. A harsh water stream straight on your gutters could cause damage. Flushing out your gutters with a hose will get rid of any hard to reach debris. *Tip: do not use a shop vac or leaf blower. These tools will cause more mess than anything!
Step 4: Inspection
Now that your gutters are nice and cleaned out, it’ll be easier to detect obvious damage. If you see any leaks, rust, peeling paint, sagging gutters, or even cracks or broken downspouts, it’s time to call in the pros. Your gutters will need repair or even replacement.
Step 5: Damage?
After your own personal inspection, if you find any areas of concern- call MLM! We will come do a free inspection and let you know if these concerns require a replacement. 1-844-MLM-ROOF
Every gallon of rainwater weight roughly eight pounds. If your gutters are clogged and overflowing, they could potentially be holding thousands of pounds of debris and water. This is extremely dangerous as they can cause water damage, completely pull away from your roof, or even result in a roof collapse. Follow this gutter cleaning guide at least twice a year to prevent these dangerous situations.