If you’re like most people, you know you need to clean your gutters from time to time – and now is one of those times. It’s a good idea to clean your gutters before the first big snowstorm hits; that way, your gutters can do what they’re designed to do and carry away snowmelt.
First things first: If you’re not comfortable climbing up on a ladder and cleaning out your gutters, it pays to hire someone to do it for you. If you don’t clean your gutters, you could end up spending much more on roof repairs – and that’s the last thing you want.
When it’s time to clean your gutters, you’re looking for leaves and other debris that won’t wash out easily when water flows through them. You should get a ladder, a pair of gloves, and a big trash bag to discard all the refuse you find in your gutters as you clean. Put safety first and make sure that your ladder is stable – and that it’s on solid, level ground – before you climb up on it. It doesn’t hurt to let someone know that you’re cleaning your gutters, either; if they don’t hear from you, they can come check up on you if necessary.
Use these tips to clean your gutters safely and effectively:
- Wear rubber-soled shoes with a good grip
- Rake leaves off your roof before you clean your gutters
- Use a plastic gutter-scraping tool that will help dislodge clumps of leaves and other debris
- Wear gloves to protect your hands
- Unclog your downspouts by pouring water through your gutters
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