Posted 04/04/2020 in Basic Help

Rain Gutter Cleaning

Rain Gutter Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning - Hire it out or DIY?

Many people think they can clean out their gutter with no problems and many people can. But if you are not a "handy person" you should not do this. As many homes are ranch style homes and are not very high off the ground, the home owner might think "Ill clean those gutters this weekend. Those ranch style homes might be doable. But the 2 story and taller homes should be putting up a RED light.

A un-serviced or gutter that does not get cleaned out every year can cause issues with the house foundation. As the rain water starts to spill over the top of the gutter and onto the ground it will erode the landscaping and start to saturate the area around the footing of the house. If you have a basement it can start seeping through the concrete walls of the basement and possibly even flood the basement.

So here are a few thing you should look out for if you are going to try to clean out your own gutters. (We do not advise you to do this task!)

  • On a flat roof you can use a sidewalk blower to clean the gutter from on top of the roof,  this will make a mess on the ground. Always tie off your ladder, and make sure it is 3 feet above the gutter line.
  • If you are going to be cleaning your gutters with a wand or a "gutter cleaning devise " from the ground. You will need to be wearing rain gear and eye protection. This will make a mess on the ground.
  • If you are going to be cleaning the gutters from on a ladder, always tie off your ladder. If the ladder will be a step ladder style make sure all 4 of the feet of the ladder is on solid ground and level. Do not stand on the top 2 steps. Use a bucket to put your spoils in.
  • If the ladder is a extension ladder, always tie it off. make sure the feet are on solid ground. make sure the top of the ladder is 3 feet above the gutter. Put a cloth or something between the gutter and the ladder so you do not scratch the paint on the gutter. Use a bucket to put your spoils in. 

Cleaning you gutters can be one of the most dangerous projects for a DIYer. If you are not sure you want to tackle this project search for a gutter cleaner here. Find Local Gutter Cleaning Companies Here.


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