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.