Clean Gutters

Posted on June 11, 2014 by rtco-admin No Comments

You should clean your gutters twice a year; once in the spring and once in the fall.  Check your gutters after heavy rains to determine if there are any leaks or blockages.

Time: 1 hour (time may vary depending on length of gutters)

Skill Level: Easy to Moderate

Cost: $20 or less

Tools and Materials

Ladder and Stabilizer
Garden Gloves
Garden Hose
Trash Bags
Toilet Snake

Featured Tools

Ladder Stabilizers attach to the ladder and rest against the house. They increase the width of the ladder making it more stable.

Clean GuttersLadder Stabilizer

Drain augers and toilet snakes come in handy when downspouts are blocked with leaves and dirt.

Drain Auger



          Drain Auger                                                                                               


Toilet Snake





  Toilet Snake




1. Set up ladder and stabilizer.

Attach Stabilizer to ladder and lean against wall. Make sure that stabilizer is not touching the gutters

Don't Hold Onto Gutters



1. Never hold on to the gutter or downspout for support. They are not meant to support your weight.



2. Remove leaves and twigs.
Remove gutter debris by hand or use a garden trowel or large spoon.
Fall Cleanup - Leaves in Gutter


2.Put debris in a plastic trash bag and place on the roof or ladder. You can drop the bag when it is full.




3. Loosen dirt.
Use a hose to loosen stubborn dirt.  Once wet scoop out dirt by hand to avoid damaging gutters.
Check Downspout



3. Do not use full water pressure with hose.




4. Check downspouts.
Use a garden hose to run water through downspouts. If clogged, debris can be removed by using a hand drain auger or toilet snake.

5. Check for leaks.
Use a hose to run water through the gutters and downspouts after cleaning.  Look for leaks at the joints of the gutters.

Checking For Leaks



4&5. Consider installing gutter screens. This will drastically cut down on debris


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