Many people avoid cleaning their gutters and down spouts because they do not know how to clean gutters and downspouts. Homeowners generally do not like to climb ladders and stick their hands into unknown substances, so they continue to put off the gutter cleaning job (I’m very guilty with this). When gutters and downspouts remain full of debris like leaves, dirt, and who knows what else, home owners can create potentially damaging situations and could cost them hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair.
Take Care of Your Home
When you need to know how to clean gutters and downspouts, you can turn to the Internet and home care guides (we do have listed a few tips on cleaning guttershere). The job of cleaning gutters and down spouts is not as bad as it seems to be, especially if you wear safety gear to protect your skin, mouth, nose, and eyes (debris do tend to fly all over the place, especially when using pressure washers or leaf blowers).
Save Money and DIY
Depending on the size of your house, you could spend anywhere from $50 to $400 to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned by professionals. But, you can save the money and do it yourself, because the job does not require any expensive, specialized tools. You will need the following:
- Protective gear for your eyes, mouth, and nose. You can use sunglasses, a bandana, surgical mask, paintball mask, or whatever you have in your home.
- Protective gear for your body. Long pants and long sleeved shirts along with rubber gloves will protect your legs and arms.
- Small tool to scoop out the leaves. A child’s sand shovel or some other tool that will not damage your rain gutter’s finish.
- Something to collect the debris. A tarp or bucket will do the job.
- A ladder. Try not to rest the ladder against the gutters, because they are not designed to hold your weight and the weight of a ladder.
How to Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Start at a Downspout
Once you have the right gear, pick your starting point. If it is a sunny day, you may want to follow the shade around your house. You should start at a down spout and then clean your way up the angle.
Ladder Safety is Important
You should remain in a safe position on the ladder at all times. This means that you do not stand on the top two rungs. You should lean your hips against the ladder for proper balance. You also should not reach too far to the left or the right to get the debris out of your gutters. We strongly suggest having a look at the ladder on the picture above on Amazon.
Final Cleaning with a Hose
Once you have cleaned the big debris and you have a clear path to the downspout on the gutter sections, you can get your high pressured hose or your leaf blower to clean out all of the small pieces that you could not scoop up with the tool. Angle the hose or leaf blower in such a way that the pieces do not blow all around and settle back down in the gutter and clean out downspout. Amazon sells a huge range of Water Hose, extensions and pressure washers here.
How to Clean Clogged Downspouts
After the debris is cleared from the gutter, then you can make sure the down spout is clean. Run a hose down the downspout and if it runs all the way through, the downspout is clear. If the water does not, then you have a clog that can be cleared with a plumber’s snake.
Cleaning Gutters isn’t really too hard, it does get fun with more gadgets and tools you have to play with (especially the ilooj irobot gutter cleaning tool). Also, there are several Gutter Cleaning Tools that we highly recommend, and everything is listed on the link below (Gutter Cleaning tools from Amazon).