5 Tips for Cleaning Your Home’s Gutters

The gutters on your home serve an important purpose: they protect the home’s siding, foundation, and surrounding landscaping by controlling the flow of rainwater away from the areas that suffer from too much moisture. When the gutters fill up with leaves and other debris, they can clog and cause water to back up and get under the roof or spill over and pool around the foundation. Clogs can also create ice dams in the winter, which causes water to back up under the roofline and into the home’s interior walls. It’s imperative that your gutters are cleaned annually, especially in the fall. Here are 5 tips for cleaning your home’s gutters:

1. Wear correct clothing. Cleaning gutters is a dirty task, so wear long sleeves, pants, and rubber gloves. Safety glasses are also prudent.

2. Spread a tarp under the work area to collect the goop from the gutters and to protect your lawn and landscaping.

3. Use a strong, extendable ladder. Make sure the ladder is on a solid and sturdy surface so it won’t move around while you’re on it. A ladder stabilizer adds safety and can help prevent damage to the gutters. It’s also smart to have a helper hold the ladder and return anything you drop.

4. Use a small plastic scoop to remove the debris inside the gutters. A plastic utensil like a spatula or small shovel will also work and won’t cause damage.

5. Once the gunk and debris are removed, use a garden hose to flush out the gutters and downspouts and clear any debris you may have missed. Using a hose will also show if the gutters have any leaks.

If you’re uncomfortable with heights, are unsteady on a ladder, or have very highly placed gutters, don’t risk your safety. Call a professional to clean your gutters once a year to help protect your home and landscaping. For more information, please contact:

Alexander Lumber

160 South Loves Road

Cortland, IL 60112

Phone: 815-756-4824

alexlbr.com