Cleaning Your Vinyl Gutters

rain gutter mounted to a building
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Vinyl gutters should be cleaned regularly so they remain functional and in good condition without breaks or punctures. Leaves and debris in vinyl gutters can clog them, leading to flooding and water inside and outside your home. Debris can also lead to sagging gutters that may eventually have to be replaced—an unnecessary cost.

Keeping your gutters clean can help you avoid expensive or difficult repairs to deal with moisture damage later on.

Leaf Scoop

One of the simplest ways to clean vinyl gutters is a leaf scoop. These can be purchased at any home improvement store, and act as a tool to scoop out large amounts of leaves and debris without requiring you to touch the waste.

Use a ladder to clean the gutters with a leaf scoop. Do not sit on the roof to clean the gutters, as this is a dangerous position and can easily lead to a fall.

Instead, stand several rungs from the top of the ladder and lean over with the leaf scoop to clean out the gutters.

Prevention is Better Than a Cure

a gutter full of leaves

Rather than clean the gutters at all, first try to stop leaves from entering your vinyl gutters at all.

Installing a leaf catcher, leaf guard, or gutter guard will prevent leaves and debris from ever entering the gutter. They provide a physical barrier in the form of a mesh screen or other material that goes over the gutter, allowing rain through while stopping leaves.