Have you checked your gutters lately? They are probably filled with the buildup of leaves and mud leftover from the winter season, which will clog the downspouts and cause water damage to your roof and fascia. Your gutters should be cleaned twice a year, every spring and fall. It’s an easy task that will prevent bigger problems in the future. Follow these steps for simple cleaning and repairing your home’s gutters.
Begin by checking the weather forecast. Cleaning will be easier if you allow your gutters to dry. Do not attempt to clean your gutters from standing on the roof. It will be more safe if you stand on a ladder that is firmly placed on the ground. Use two buckets, one for gutter debris and another for carrying tools. Use wire hooks to attach the buckets to the ladder.
Start with cleaning the gutter near a downspout. Remove leaves, twigs, etc. with a trowel tool and dump it in a bucket. To clean out finer materials, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout. If the water doesn’t drain, recheck the downspout strainer and clean as needed. If gutter water still doesn’t drain, the downspout may be clogged. With a nozzle, use your hose and feed it up from the bottom of the spout.
If there’s still water after the gutter has been flushed, the gutter may not be sloped correctly and will require adjustment. If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter enough to drain properly, then reattach. Inspect the gutter sections and downspouts for obvious damage and missing parts. Repair any leaks in the gutter by making sure the gutter lengths are tight against each other, and run a bead of gutter sealant on both sides of all joints. Finally, apply gutter touch-up paint to cover any blemishes as desired. If necessary, repaint some or all of the gutters.
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