Roofers and tree experts agree. Homeowners should clean out gutters at least twice a year. Gutter maintenance is a DIY project that can take a few hours to a full day, depending on the home’s size. The YouTube video “How to clean gutters” offers homeowners handy tips.
Cleaning the gutters out prevents them from getting clogged with leaves and debris. If left unattended, the clogged system will block water and cause it to overflow. Additionally, the leaves will begin to decompose and rot in the gutters.
Handy DIY Gutter Cleaning Tips
The first thing is to get a sturdy ladder. The ladder should be extendable. Place the ladder on stable ground. Avoid putting the ladder on landscape rock. The rocks can move and cause you to fall. It may be a good idea to use a ladder stabilizer. It protects the gutters and helps keep the ladder in place. Also, an assistant can hand you items and pick up any items that fall.
The second tip is to dress for the occasion. Wear comfortable work clothes that don’t restrict movement. Remember to use a scoop to scoop out the leaves and debris. Also, place a tarp around the work area. It will protect the lawn and landscaping.