How To Clean Your Gutters

It is a good idea to clean your gutters every spring and fall. It is beneficial in many ways and helps to reduce the chances of buildup, roof leaks, and exterior flooding. As the seasons' change, dead leaves and twigs can clutter your gutters and cause them to function poorly and even break. A buildup of debris and water in your gutters and downspouts will eventually weigh them down and morph them or pull them loose entirely. As a result, you should plan to clean your gutters at least twice a year.

Fall is an especially good time to clean your gutters because leaves can gather in the gutters and cause clogs if not properly dealt with.

Things You'll Need

  • Gloves
  • Tall step ladder
  • Medium sized bucket
  • Small, metal shovel
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Plumbers snake
  • Garden hose

Get Started With Cleaning Your Gutters

Pick a day with good weather, you do not want to be on your roof with a ladder in a storm, or icy, frosty conditions. This is very dangerous and should be avoided.

You should never rush when cleaning your gutters. Set aside a large period of time during the day so that you can take your time. You never want to be in a hurry when you are on a ladder.

Set up your step ladder, never rest the ladder against your gutters. Manually remove the leaves and debris from the gutters around you. Slowly make your way around the perimeter of your house, moving your ladder every few meters until all of the debris has been removed.

Test Your Downspouts

To be sure everything has been removed, flush your gutters out with a garden hose once you have finished cleaning them.

Be sure that the water is draining properly out of the downspouts by watching the flow carefully. If the water trickles out, the downspouts may be clogged with further debris. When this happens, it is a pretty easy fix. You can use a plumbing snake to loosen the debris in the downspout, you can buy these at your local hardware store.

Move the snake from side to side and when it moves freely without resistance you can remove it and use a garden hose to flush the remaining debris out of the downspout. Repeat the process and if water does not flow freely through the spouts and call your plumber if a clog remains.

Get A Professional Gutter Cleaning

By the end of the process, your gutters should be clean and clear of excess debris. Your downspouts should be clear of any clogs and should allow water to consistently and freely flow through.

If your roof is difficult to reach, or your gutters are excessively clogged or breaking, it is a good idea to get help from the professionals. Hillcrest Plumbing has been working throughout the lower mainland for over 50 years.

They are professional and educated plumbers who have the experience and qualifications necessary to successfully clean, or repair your gutters, downspouts, or other plumbing problems. Give Hillcrest Plumbing a call and get help with your gutters.