Protecting Your Roof Through Your Gutters

An image of a cat drinking from a gutter.

Let’s be honest, cleaning the gutters of your home is probably one of the most dreaded chores,and because of that, can get pushed onto the back burner. Therefore, it doesn’t get done as often as it should. Properly functioning gutters are extremely important, not only to help clear water off your roof, but they also ensure that nothing leaks into your home. There are several ways to get this done. You decide to do it yourself, or you can hire someone to do it for you! At Bay to Bay Roofing and Construction, we do all types of roofing and home services , so you can just sit back and relax while we do all the work! 


Now let’s get into it. This article will be able to give you some ideas of how to clean your gutters yourself, or it will give you an idea of what you don’t want to do yourself, and you’ll be able to hire someone else to do it! 


Clean with a Leaf Blower

This may be one of the easiest ways to clean your gutters. Many leaf blowers come with a nozzle attachment that is designed to release a narrow stream of air, which is great for gutter cleaning! If you position your ladder to work toward the downspout, you’ll be able to blow out dirt and debris as you go. However, make sure you aren’t blowing leaves into the downspout. Then you can remove any lingering leaves or dirt with a hose. You’ll also be able to tell if your spout is cleared out. If you don’t want to stand on a ladder, most blowers have an attachment that can help extend the reach of your leaf blower. 


Clean with a Wet/Dry Vacuum

This is a great way to clean your gutters if you have heavier debris to remove. Many local home improvement stores carry these attachments that you’ll need to either do this while on a ladder or from the ground at a standing position. Be aware that stubborn stuck on dirt may need to be moistened before it will be able to go into the vacuum. Once you’ve removed the bulk of the material, you’ll be able to flush the gutters and downspouts with water from a normal garden hose.


Clean with a Power Washer

If you can’t even remember the last time you washed and cleaned your gutters, a powerwash may be the pick for you. Especially if there are many layers of dirt and debris that have built up overtime or if your gutter is clogged, you’re going to want to power wash it. Be aware, if you do opt for a power washer, this can get messy real quick. Make sure that you’re wearing clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, and make sure that you have a good stance whether you’re on the ground or on a ladder.  


Clean with a Garden Hose

As long as your gutters are not clogged, you can always clean your gutters with a garden hose. You’ll want to make sure that you have the right equipment, and that your hose is attached with a rigid tube with a curved end. If you are cleaning with a garden hose, make sure that you pick out any heavy or larger debris since this will not be able to be cleaned through the hose. Once again, you’ll start farthest from the downspout and flush the length of the channel. 


Clean by Hand 

In order to clean your gutters by hand, you’re going to need some basic materials like a bucket, a scoop, and some heavy duty gloves. Cleaning your gutters by hand can be a very meticulous way to clean it, but sometimes it’s the most cost-efficient and sturdy way to get it done. It’s also a great way to make sure that you get everything out and are not just flushing it down the downspout. 


Remember that you can always install some type of screen or barrier on the top of your gutters, which will help prevent any leaves or debri from accumulating over time. It might be a pain at the time, but it will save you so much work in the long run.


From roofing and construction, repairs, and maintenance, we do it all. Our entire team has had years of experience, and we pride ourselves on using the best materials to help your home last for years to come. In order to best help you, connect with us directly, and we can give you a free estimate and also discuss any other questions you may have. Bay to Bay Building Concepts is here for you!


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