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How to Clean a Gutter

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Gutters should be kept clear so they may effectively guide rainwater off the roof. This prevents water from resting around the foundations, which can cause damp or leaks in the home. Follow our steps below to make sure your guttering is kept working effectively.

Step 1

Block Downpipe

Block Downpipe

Wearing non-slip footwear for safety, carefully climb the ladder to access the gutter. Place a cloth in the way of the downpipe to block it and avoid debris falling down it during cleaning.

Step 2

Scoop Out Debris

Scoop Out Debris

Starting at the downpipes, move along the gutter using the trowel to gather and remove large debris and put it in the bucket. If keeping the ground below you clean is not a priority, an electric leaf blower can be used to complete this step faster.

Step 3

Brush Gutter

Brush Gutter

Use a stiff brush to remove any stubborn dirt deposits.

Step 4

Remove Obstructions from Drainpipes

Remove Obstructions from Drainpipes

If water seems to encounter difficulty flowing down a downspout, direct the hose to the entry at the top of it, to try force down any debris that may be stuck inside. If this fails, a “Plumber’s Snake” or extendable drainage rod can be used to force out any debris lodged in the pipe.

Step 5

Hose Gutters

Hose Gutters

Wash the now debris-free gutters with a hose, which you should aim towards the downspout. Keep an eye out for any leaks in the guttering as you hose.

Step 6

Alternative Method: Telescopic Gutter Wand

Alternative Method: Telescopic Gutter Wand

An alternative method to the steps above is to use a gutter wand. This will direct high pressure water into the gutter to flush out silt and debris, and can be completed from ground level. This method is only suitable if the gutter is relatively unobstructed already.