Spring is almost here in Northeast Ohio. Its the perfect time for home owners to do some home maintenance. We have a full post on Spring Home Maintenance here.
Its important to clean gutters every Spring and Fall to keep them working properly.
Faulty or clogged gutters can lead to:
- Fascia damage (the board behind the gutters)
- Roof Damage
- Water collecting near the foundation
- Water in the basement
- Water damage and mold inside your home
These problems can be prevented by dedicating a day to cleaning out the gutters.
Gutter Cleaning Safety Tips
- Stand on a sturdy ladder, avoid cleaning gutters from the roof
- Use a bucket for your tools, and another for the debris you collect
- Do not stand on the top 3 rungs of the ladder
- Do not reach/stretch past the ladder’s side rails
Start near the downspout, and remove any large debris such as twigs first. Once you get down to the finer material use a hose to wash it away, but be sure to wash it from the end opposite of the downspout so everything washes down. Home Improvement stores such as Home Depot or Lowes sell a special hose attachment specifically for this job and may make it much easier.
If gutter water still doesn’t drain, the downspout may be clogged.
- Check the drain end. If the downspout runs underground, remove it from the pipe as needed.
- Install a small nozzle on the hose, and lock it at full pressure. Turn on the water and feed the hose up from the bottom of the spout. If this doesn’t clear the downspout or the nozzle is too big, use a plumber’s snake tool to clear the blockage.
- Reattach the downspout.
- Flush the entire gutter again.
- Be sure to clean the downspout strainers.
If water is still not draining properly after doing all of the above you may not be sloped correctly and require extra maintenance. Lowes has a great page on cleaning gutters and repairing along with a video here.