How to Clean Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters are an irritating problem which can be difficult to fix. The following article contains some tips on how to do it yourself. You will need to have some tools and certain cleaning materials at your disposal. Getting the right tools and materials will save you time and help you do a better job.

Tools and Materials Needed:

  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Scraper
  • Long hose
  • Ladder

Step 1 – Make Necessary Preparations

When you have collected the supplies that you need, carefully place the ladder on a stable area of ground as near to the downspout of the clogged gutter as possible. Climb up onto the roof so that you can easily access the top of the downspout. If you have a very steep roof, you may find it necessary to use a safety harness with a rope. Exercise patience in determining the best manner in which to access the roof.

Step 2 – Cleaning the Clogged Gutter

To start cleaning, focus on the downspout area. Work your way from that area. As you find the debris, remove them and place them in a bucket. This will make the job easier to clean up after later. Alternatively, you may find it preferable, and safer, to simply toss away down debris that you find and clean it all up later. It is a good idea to wear gloves when you are doing this, as there may be sharp twigs lodged into the gutter. Downspouts also have jagged edges in many cases, and there can be unseen protruding screws as well.

Step 3 – Use the Scraper and Hose

Some debris at the bottom and the edge of the gutter may be hard to remove. In this case, you should use the scraper to scrape it away in addition to using the hose to help loosen the dirt. This will make the job much easier. Broken bits of shingle, leaves and twigs can all gather and end up getting stuck to the gutters. A high pressure jet of water will help, and in many cases, it is the only practical way to clean out the gutters. Ideally, you will need to have a hose which has a handle you can use to activate it. If you can alter the water pressure using such a connection at the end of the hose, it will make the job even easier. You should begin at one end of the house and work your way over towards the opposite downspout. Do the job systematically to be sure not to miss anything.

Step 4 – Cleaning the Clogged Downspout

Cleaning the downspout is far harder than cleaning the gutters. Fortunately, the weight of the water running down the downspout is often enough to clean it. If not, you will need to use other tools to dislodge the debris inside. In some cases, you may even need to dismantle the section to be able to clear it easier.