- Rubber gloves
- Extendable ladder
- Trowel or scoop
- Trash bags
- Garden hose
- Gutter caulk (optional)
- Gutter covers (optional)
Gutters should be cleaned twice a year—once in the fall and once in the spring. Depending on the size of your home, this process can be completed in under an hour. Here’s how to get started.
1. Level ground
Ensure the area where you place your ladder provides a solid base. This will offer much-needed support and stability while you’re in the air.
2. Weather conditions
Plan to clean your gutters on a mild day without any disruptive weather patterns. If the forecast is calling for precipitation or high winds, reschedule your gutter cleaning for another day.
3. A spotter
Although this is optional, it’s helpful to have a friend or family member act as a spotter while you’re on the ladder. A spotter can keep an extra eye on your safety so that your ladder remains steady and your gutter cleaning is problem-free.
Now that your gutters are clean, there are a few more steps to take to ensure the effectiveness of your gutters and downspouts in the long run.
Although gutter cleaning is a simple task that most homeowners complete without hassle, there are some cases when it’s far better to call in an expert. There’s no reason to risk your own safety during this process, so don’t hesitate to reach out for help when the situation could place you in harm’s way.
Consider calling a professional when:
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