Cleaning your gutters is extremely important, and it is essential to clean your gutters regularly. Doing so helps to protect your home from debris build up, which can cause you trouble and money in the long run. At Alamance Insulation and Gutters, we can help you with every gutter installation and gutter repair service. We are a leader in the insulation and home performance industries centrally located in Burlington, North Carolina. We provide leading-edge products and services to customers throughout North Carolina – from Greensboro, Burlington, Elon, and Mebane to Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Let us help you with all your gutter needs!
There are several important steps you should follow to clean your gutters. First, make sure that you have a sturdy ladder, and place the ladder on a safe surface (that won’t shift) so that you can get up to your roof. It might be smart to use a ladder stabilizer in this case. Put the ladder closest to the spot of your gutter that you’re going to clean.
Next, make sure to wear proper clothing: a long-sleeved shirt, work pants, and rubber gloves are essential when cleaning gutters. Then, you’ll want to remove all debris from your gutters by using some kind of plastic scooping tool. You can purchase gutter scoops at most hardware stores, but a small shovel will do the job as well, along with an old plastic kitchen spatula. These tools will work effectively and will not damage your gutters.
You’ll want to spread some kind of tarp or blanket under your workspace to catch all the debris from your gutters. Keep in mind that you don’t want the debris to negatively affect your lawn or landscaping. Once you’ve removed the debris from your gutters, use a hose to flush out anything that’s remaining. The water will flush the gutters and the downspouts to get rid of anything you might have missed. This process will also show you if you have any leaks in your gutters or downspouts.
Finally, once your gutters are clear, look for any metal that’s sagging that needs to be repaired. Repair sagging metal by mounting a gutter hanger.
Cleaning gutters is a chore that most homeowners neglect for as long as possible, but once you get the hang of cleaning your gutters, it’s not that bad! Make sure to clean out your gutters at least once a year, but you may need to clean them more frequently depending on the climate you live in. Cleaning out your gutters will save you time and energy in the future.
If you have questions about cleaning your gutters, or if you’d rather let professionals handle this task, contact Alamance Insulation and Gutters. We are happy to help!