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
Ladder Stabilizers attach to the ladder and rest against the house. They increase the width of the ladder making it more stable.
Drain augers and toilet snakes come in handy when downspouts are blocked with leaves and dirt.
1. Set up ladder and stabilizer.
Attach Stabilizer to ladder and lean against wall. Make sure that stabilizer is not touching the gutters
1. Never hold on to the gutter or downspout for support. They are not meant to support your weight.
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. 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.
4&5. Consider installing gutter screens. This will drastically cut down on debris