DIY Gutter Maintenance

It’s likely you’ve overlooked your gutters throughout the past year or two. You should routinely check on your home’s gutters to avoid major repairs. Leaving them unnoticed can result in blockage and leaks which will ruin your gutters and even worse, your home. Grab a pair of work gloves and a bucket as this will make this task much easier and less messy. Non-slip shows and safety glasses/goggles are recommended.

  1. Work away from the drain outlet and scoop out the buildup in your gutters with a narrow garden trowel or gutter scoop. Don’t worry about making it spotless as that comes next.
  2. Use your water hose to wash out your gutters and work your way towards the drain outlet. You may need to use a scrub brush to remove stubborn, encrusted dirt. A high-pressure hose nozzle is recommended.
  3. Spray down your drain outlet and/or use a plumber’s auger (snake) to clear debris out of it. You can use your hose as well with the water on if your nozzle isn’t too big.

Ensure your gutters aren’t clogged or building up debris–you’ll be better off in the long run. There are services out there that will even clean your gutters for you. You can save yourself the trouble of having to deal with mosquitos, corrosion, basement leaks, cracked wall foundations, moisture damage to your home’s siding and roof, etc.

Installing a new gutter system is already costly enough. Don’t add to your repairs by having to address other areas of your house just because of your gutters.

If you see that you might need your gutters serviced or aren’t sure, call a professional to have them inspected. If you aren’t comfortable working from a ladder or on your roof, or if your home’s gutters are quite high from the ground, call a professional.