Hopefully, you've already begun your Spring cleaning and downloaded my Spring cleaning checklist. While you're at it, don't forget to give the exterior of your home a scrub down, in addition to the interior. One place that's always unkempt after a long Winter is your rain gutters. Luckily, getting them into tip-top shape is not so hard. You could hire a cleaning service, but that can cost you upwards of $100. So, to learn how to clean them yourself,
- First things first. You'll need a sturdy ladder to get up there. A step ladder is ideal if you have a tall one, but you can use an extension ladder as well. Have someone spot you while you're working.
- Put on a pair of work gloves and goggles.
- Cut open a trash bag and lay it, or a tarp, on the ground to catch debris.
- Starting from the low end of the gutter where the outlet is, start scooping out the debris away from the outlet and tossing it onto your tarp. Work your way all the way to the other end of the gutter.
- Attach a spray nozzle to your garden hose.
- From that far end of the gutter, spray the length of the gutter, washing it toward the outlet. This will be muddy, so make sure you're dressed appropriately.
- If the gutter remains dirty, you can use a stiff-bristled scrub brush to loosen the dirt. But be careful to keep your balance on the ladder.
- If the water is trapped in the drainpipe, there may be debris caught in it. You can use a plumber's snake to pull it out from the bottom of the pipe.