In the course of cleaning the exterior of your home, one area that is particularly overlooked at times is the gutter area — and this is quite unfortunate as leaving your gutters dirty can cause quite a bit of damage to your home.
However, cleaning your gutters can also be a bit difficult, especially if you are new at it and aren’t quite sure what you are doing.
Depending on the state of your gutters, you aren’t going to want to go straight for flushing them.
If you get up to the gutters and see that they are overflowing with leaves and debris, that is not the time to start trying to get water to flow through them.
The better thing to do is first to remove the excess debris and leaves from the gutters before you start washing them out, and only once you’ve removed it all, you’ll be able to flush them properly.
If you have shingles on your roof, you’re going to really be careful while cleaning out the gutters.
This is particularly the case when you are using a spray nozzle of any sort (but more so any power washer) as you can cause quite a bit of damage to your roof shingles and maybe even cause some of them to fly right off of your roof.
Naturally, this will be quite bad as that will require you or someone you hire to get up to the roof to replace the lost shingles or risk the possibility that you will get a leak in your home.
For everything, there is a proper season to do the thing, and in the case of cleaning your gutters, this is all the more so as you are not going to want to clean your gutters when it is an inappropriate time to do so.
It would be bad to clean your gutters in the winter, for example, as it will be quite frigid, and any water that you may be used to spray could potentially freeze and, in the process, damage the gutters.
A better thing to do would be to schedule your gutter cleaning for the springtime when the weather is just about warm enough that it is okay to clean them, yet it’s not too hot outside that it is unbearably hot.
If you find that your gutters get a bit cluttered with leaves and the like more often, you can try to clean the gutters during the fall as well.
The process of cleaning your gutters requires you to get up high, close up to your roof area, and it might be a good idea to take the opportunity to clean your roof as well while you’re up there.
Even if you don’t fully clean your roof while you are cleaning your gutters (both are fairly extensive projects), you can take the time to assess if there’s anything on the roof that would require your immediate attention, like a seemingly innocent pile of leaves that needs to be removed sooner than not.
The last thing you’re going to want to do to make sure that you’ve finished off your gutter cleaning job is to give it a final rinse with just water to make sure that it flows properly.
Any excess debris that may have been left over will finally get out as you do this.