Rain Gutters: Make Clean up a Snap

by American Home Shield (AHS)

With leaf season right around the corner, now’s a great time to make sure your rain gutters are clear of debris.  While you can hire a service to do the work for you, doing the job yourself is easy and affordable with these tips:

  • Clean your gutters at least twice a year, more if your home is surrounded by trees.
  • Wear heavy work gloves to protect your hands from sharp metal that may be on the gutters.
  • Don’t let the gutter back up with leaves since they’ll eventually come loose from their mountings and destroy the gutters.

Ready to clean? follow these steps:

  • Remove loose debris  from the gutter using a small tool, such as a garden trowel, and scrub encrusted dirt with a stiff brush.
  • Power was gutters with a hose to clear debris – just make sure you send it toward the drain outlet.
  • Make sure gutters are clear,  if necessary use a plumber’s auger to pull debris from the bottom of the gutter.