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Dirty Gutters? Tips On Getting Them Clean And Keeping Them That Way

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If your gutters are constantly getting dirty and backed up with debris, you need to make sure you keep them clean.  They are made to remove water off the roof and away from your home. When they become clogged this water has nowhere to go so instead of away from you home, the water can work its way into the foundation, siding, and ruin your landscaping. The tips below tell you how to clean your gutters, and how you can keep them clean.

Cleaning Gutters

You can clean the gutters yourself if you want to save money. You will need an extendable ladder with a standoff stabilizer. This stabilizer prevents the ladder from touching the gutters, which could damage them.  

Use a scoop to remove the debris. You can purchase a scoop that is made for this purpose at hardware stores. If you do not want a lot of mess on your lawn, lay down a plastic tarp for the debris to fall on. Once the debris is gone, use a garden hose to flush the gutters. You could also use a pressure washer on a low setting to flush them out.

Keeping them Clean

You can install a gutter cover over your gutters to prevent debris from building up in them. You will still have to clean them, but not as often. There are different types of covers, including covers that clip on, those made out of mesh, and ones made from porous foam.

If you have a lot of pine needles that fall into your gutters, it is best not to use a gutter cover, as it is much easier to clean these out yourself.

When choosing a gutter cover, look for covers that have a fine mesh screen. This will prevent leaves along with small debris, and dirt from getting onto the gutter, but still lets water flow freely. You can purchase these at a home improvement store. The salesperson can help you choose the one that is best for you.

These gutter covers work especially well if you have a two story home, as it would be more difficult to clean gutters that are higher and not as accessible to you.  

If you do not want to use gutter covers or clean the gutters yourself, have them professionally cleaned once or twice a year. This depends much on how many trees you have on your property with branches that overhand on your roof. For more information, talk to a professional like Mitchell Roofing.