Blog 8 Insider Tips for Gutter Cleaning November 19, 2018October 30, 2018Chelsea WelshGutters Once the leaves have fallen, it’s time to clean your gutters – unless, of course, you’ve already invested in roof gutter covers. If you haven’t started and need guidance on how to get the job done, we’ve got some insider tips from the pros to help you. 1. Safety First You know you’ll be up and down your ladder, so it’s important that you make sure you position it on sturdy and level ground. A good way to test it is to jump on the first and second rungs to make sure it doesn’t shift before you climb. Don’t be among the 500,000 people injured from ladder falls every year! When you look at the pros and cons of gutter guards, one of the big benefits is not having to climb a ladder to clean them ever again. 2. Have the Right Tools Although a garden trowel works, a better tool is a gutter scoop. What makes it ideal is the front scraping edge. It’s exactly the right shape for gutters and it’s thin enough to get under all the gunk in them. You’ll find that the task is much easier with the right tools. 3. Don’t Forget Gloves If you’re using your hands at all, you may encounter a rough gutter edge. Thick gloves will protect your hands from cuts. If there are any sharp objects in your gutters, gloves help protect you from those too. 4. Clean Your Gutters Twice a Year Do you follow this recommendation? Gutter cleaning companies will tell you to keep your gutters clean so that you remove the possibility of rainwater runoff and overflowing gutters. Keeping your gutters clean will also reduce corrosion because you won’t have standing water in your gutters. 5. Use Your Pressure Washer Properly Pressure washers can be a great way to get the last of the gunk out of the bottom of your gutters. Avoid hitting the gutters at too high an angle or you could blow shingles off with a high-pressure stream of water. 6. Inspect Your Gutters as You Clean Them Look for signs of deterioration, cracks and leaks. Also make sure they’re still firmly attached to your home. If you notice a seam is no longer sealed, completely remove the old silicone with a chisel; once dry, reseal. 7. Downspouts Need Cleaning Too If you don’t have roof gutter covers, cleaning your downspouts should be part of your gutter cleaning routine. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly and along with mildew and mud, you’ll end up with sagging gutters. 8. Consider a Splash Block One last bit of advice for homeowners is to purchase a splash block to place underneath the downspouts. It prevents water flowing out of the downspouts from digging a trench next to the house. This can lead to expensive foundation repairs. Learn More About Gutter Helmet® Have you considered the pros and cons of gutter guards and decided to purchase roof gutter covers? If you’d like to learn more about gutter covers from Gutter Helmet, reach out to us at (800) 824-3772. We’ll connect you to your local authorized distributor for a free estimate. About Chelsea Welsh National Marketing Manager for Gutter Helmet®, Chelsea Welsh, MBA, has been a part of the Gutter Helmet team for 7 years and in the home improvement industry for over 13 years. Chelsea is a recognized expert in internet marketing strategies for the home improvement industry. She holds an MBA degree with a Master's Degree in Marketing. She lives in Louisiana and enjoys spending time with her two sons, Christian and Noah. For more from Chelsea, visit the Gutter Helmet® blog.