Go It Alone or Hire a Pro? Cleaning Gutters

Let’s face it: Cleaning gutters isn’t glamorous, but it’s a project you…


Cleaning gutters yourself.
While there are lots of ways to do the cleaning, you may find that simple tools like a vacuum cleaner or tongs on an extension pole will do the trick.

  • Make sure your ladder is stabilized.
  • Wear gloves, mask and safety goggles.
  • Flush the gutter with water to make sure you have adequate flow.
  • Rinse debris toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle. If only a small amount of water comes out, you have a clog.

Tip: The decomposed leaves in gutter goop make great mulch or compost.

When to call a pro.
You should probably call a pro to clean the gutters if:

  • Being on a ladder makes you uneasy.
  • You’re not up for sanding, patching, priming and painting rusty gutters.
  • You’re not comfortable using power tools to remove old gutter spikes or rivets.

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