Go It Alone or Hire a Pro? Cleaning Gutters
Let’s face it: Cleaning gutters isn’t glamorous, but it’s a project you shouldn’t ignore if you want to prevent water damage. Removing debris from your gutters can prevent sagging gutters, flooded basements and even foundation problems.
Cleaning gutters yourself.
While there are lots of ways to do the cleaning, you may find that simple tools like a vacuum cleaner or tongs on an extension pole will do the trick.
- Make sure your ladder is stabilized.
- Wear gloves, mask and safety goggles.
- Flush the gutter with water to make sure you have adequate flow.
- Rinse debris toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle. If only a small amount of water comes out, you have a clog.
Tip: The decomposed leaves in gutter goop make great mulch or compost.
When to call a pro.
You should probably call a pro to clean the gutters if:
- Being on a ladder makes you uneasy.
- You’re not up for sanding, patching, priming and painting rusty gutters.
- You’re not comfortable using power tools to remove old gutter spikes or rivets.
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