3 Ways to Clean Your Gutters - Performance Exteriors & Contracting

3 Ways to Clean Your Gutters

Gutters help move water away from your home and property, making it essential to clean and maintain your gutter system. If you're cleaning your gutters for the first time, there are several ways you can go about it. To help, we've listed three ways for you to clean your gutters—from using the simplest tools to the most powerful.

NOTE
Follow safety precautions according to the manufacturer of your ladder and any tools used to perform this task.

Here are 3 ways to clean your gutters

1. Clean your gutters by hand or a garden hose

What you’ll need:
- Rubber Gloves
- Hand trowel
- Bucket (for debris and leaves)
- Garden hose
- Ladder
- Helper

Position your ladder near a downspout and have your helper hold the ladder to keep it stable as you clean each section. Toss debris and leaves into a bucket.

Do not overextend yourself! Move the ladder when you cannot safely remove debris or leaves. Work your way through each section until you reach the other side.

Use a garden hose to wash away gunk, smaller debris, and leaves. Check the bottom of the downspouts to ensure there are no clogs.

2. Clean your gutters with a leaf blower

What you’ll need:
- A helper
- Leaf blower (optional – nozzle attachment)
- Extension Ladder
- Hose or bucket of water

While on the ground, check the downspouts and splash block to remove lower blockages. Look for any issues that may impact the function of the gutters.

Next, position your ladder near the drop outlets—plug the drop outlet with a rag to keep debris, sticks, and leaves from clogging the downspout. Reposition the ladder so that you are working from one end to the other. Have your helper hold the ladder to keep it stable while you use the power of the leaf blower to clean leaves and debris from the gutters.

Last, use your garden hose or a bucket of water to flush the system. Check the bottom of the downspouts to ensure there are no clogs.

3. Clean your gutters with a power washer

What you’ll need:
- Power washer
- Gutter cleaning nozzle attachments

One of the biggest advantages of using a power washer to clean your gutters is not having to climb a ladder. To clean your gutters from the ground, you need a power washer and gutter cleaning nozzle attachments. The curved gutter cleaning nozzle attachment will reach the inside of the section of the gutters.

From the ground, check if the gutters are heavily soiled. Remove excessive accumulation of debris or leaves to lower the risk of clogging the downspouts. Using the power washer and gutter cleaning nozzle attachment, begin at the downspout and make your way through each section. Spray away from the downspouts to push out the leaves and debris using the force of the power washer. Once the water is flowing free of debris and leaves, check the bottom of the downspouts to ensure there are no clogs.

Though this may be the fastest, it can also be the messiest.

 

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