If you’re one of the brave, don’t mind heights, and are planning on cleaning your gutters yourself, here are a few tips from the pros.
1. Be safe!
Use a sturdy ladder and make sure it’s set up properly. Whenever possible, have a family member or neighbor hold the ladder. This is especially true if you are cleaning second or third story gutters. Even though the soil around Milwaukee is generally pretty solid, it’s better to be safe than to have you ladder give out.
Use safety glasses. You’re clearing sticks, and other muddy junk from your gutters, and you don’t want that stuff in your eyes, especially when you’re on a ladder, so protect your eyes.
We prefer a good pair of work gloves to pull debris out by hand. But if you don’t want to get too wet or dirty, use a small garden shovel to scoop out the debris. For hard to reach clogs, try a set of kitchen tongs, or a shop vac. And for downspouts, a plumbers’ drain snake is great for removing annoying clogs. If you don’t have one handy, try pushing your hose through your downspout.
3. Work Smart:
Collect the debris as you work. Use a heavy duty garbage bag (the type contractors use) and/or a waste container to collect the debris. If there’s a lot of debris, two buckets will speed up the gutter cleaning. Use S hooks to attach the buckets to your ladder. By collecting the debris while you’re on the ladder, you’ll save time and avoid having to clean up your yard right after cleaning your gutters.
Also, to save more time, start cleaning at the downspout. That way when you reach the other end of the gutter, you can simply grab your hose and rinse the gutter out without having to move your ladder again.
- plastic buckets
- bucket hooks
- work gloves
- safety glasses
- garden shovel
- drain snake
- heavy duty garbage bag or waste container
Thanks to my friends at Houston Gutter Cleaning for helping write this!