A gutter system is designed to push rainwater away from the roofline as well as from your home, to prevent structural damage. Check out these tips for gutter cleaning and learn why keeping your gutters free of debris is so important to home maintenance.

Why clean your Gutters?

Throughout the year, falling leaves and other junk can find its way into your gutters. Too much muck and your gutter system will become clogged. When that happens, the rainwater has nowhere to go, and it will start spilling over the edge. The water hits the ground right next to your foundation wall, causing puddles to form and flooding to occur.

People don’t always realize how damaging clogged gutters can be to their home. Roofing problems, landscaping issues, and even the headaches of mold and mildew wreak havoc on your property. It’s important to keep your gutter system working well.

How often should you clean your Gutters?

Twice a year is usually recommended for gutter cleaning. However, it should depend on your situation. Every yard and every neighborhood is different. Do you have pine trees that are taller than your roofline? Pine needles are notorious for clogging gutters, so if this is the case, you should clean them more often.

Some neighborhoods get more rain than other places. The more rain that ultimately flows through your gutters, the more cleaning you should do. This will ensure that the water flows freely through your downspout system so that it can be taken further away from your home.

How to clean your Gutters

Calling a professional to clean your gutters is always the best. But if you really feel you want to do them yourself, check out these tips for cleaning your gutter system:

  • For debris that’s tough to get out or time-consuming to remove by hand, use a gutter scoop. You can even cut one out from a plastic milk jug to scoop up the junk clogging up your gutters.
  • Use a power washer. Using one of these allows you to quickly blast away the dirt and debris left behind. If you don’t want to spend the money to rent or buy one, try using your garden hose.
  • For stubborn debris in the elbows of your downspouts, try using a plumber’s snake tool. It’s not only useful for snaking out your plumbing pipes, but it’s great for your gutter system as well.

Help Keep The Debris Out

If you are like most people, you probably are not looking forward to having to clean your gutters. You can reduce the amount of debris entering your gutters (and therefore reduce the time you spend cleaning your gutters) with gutter gutter guards from Gutter Boyz of Kentucky.

Whether you need new gutters, gutter repair, gutter cleaning or gutter gutter guards, Gutter Boyz of Kentucky is your one-stop shop for all things gutter related. For more information or to receive a FREE ESTIMATE, give us a call today at (270) 906-3055 or CLICK HERE to contact us today! Gutter Boyz serves a majority of Western Kentucky!