For many homeowners, cleaning the gutters is the least enjoyable part of fall maintenance. However, it’s one of the most important parts of regular home maintenance! In heavy storms, gutters protect your landscaping and foundation from bearing the brunt of the downpour. By regularly cleaning your gutters of leaves and yard debris, you can ensure that your home and foundation stay in great condition for years to come. How can you make cleaning the gutters less miserable?
When Should You Clean Your Gutters?
As a rule of thumb, you should clean your gutters at least once a year (typically in the fall after the leaves fall). If you have trees directly hanging over your home and gutters, clean them at least twice a year. If you have any big storms in your area, take a look at your gutters afterward to see if they need to be cleaned again to maintain their effectiveness.
How Should You Clean Your Gutters?
Wear a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy rubber gloves to protect your hands and arms while cleaning the gutters. Use a good stable extendable ladder to safely reach the gutters and prevent damage to the gutters themselves. To remove the debris and leaves from the gutters, use a gutter scoop. Make sure to set out a tarp before you start removing debris so that all of it doesn’t end up dumped on your lawn. Once all of the debris is removed from your gutters, flush your gutters and downspouts with your garden hose.
How Can You Avoid Cleaning the Gutters?
If you don’t personally want to clean your gutters, you can always hire a professional to come clean your gutters and inspect them for any leaks or damage. Depending on the size and height of your house, the amount charged may vary. Either way, if you do not enjoy cleaning your own gutters but still want to be a responsible homeowner, hiring a professional is a great way to get the job done.
Another option for preventing cleaning your gutters as frequently is installing gutter covers. They can be very expensive, often more expensive than the cost of the gutters themselves. Furthermore, gutter covers need cleaning regularly to ensure that they are clear of debris.
Keep Your Gutters Clean with Chandler Remodeling
Whether you need new gutters installed or have another home project in mind, Chandler Remodeling can help. With our excellent installation, it’ll be the best investment you’ve made in your home. Contact us online, by calling 410-628-2214, or email us for a free estimate and assessment of your needs. All of our work is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We look forward to meeting your remodeling needs for years to come! To see examples of our work and get information on specials, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Houzz.