Tips & Tricks

Doing your annual gutter cleaning? Here's the best way to do it.

When gutters fill with leaves, sticks, and other debris it can cause clogs that result in water creeping under the roof and eventually into the foundation.

How to clean gutters:

-Make sure you have a good, sturdy, extendable ladder. Always place the ladder on a sturdy surface. Also, it's best to have a helper around in case you drop something or need a hand with the ladder.

-Dress for the job. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, work pants and rubber gloves.

-To remove the gunk from the gutters, use a small plastic scoop. Gutter scoops are available at the hardware store.

-Spread a tarp underneath your workspace to collect all the gutter gunk and protect your lawn and landscaping.

-Flush the gutters and downspouts and clear out any remaining debris. This will also show you if you have any leaks.

-Once the gutters are clear, repair any sagging metal. You can do this by mounting a gutter hanger.