How to Clean Gutters

Learn how to clean gutters and keep them in good repair with this illustrated guide.


| November/December 1987



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CLARENCE GOOSEN

Gutters are one of the most important home maintenance chores. This illustrated guide shows you how to clean gutters and keep them in good repair. 

How to Clean Gutters

1. Remove any debris in the gutters by hand (wear gloves). A short-bristle brush helps sweep the surface; mud and roof granules stuck to the bottom can be dislodged with a putty knife.

2. Starting at the highest point, wash the gutter with a garden hose, using the putty knife to remove stubborn debris.

3. If the downspout is plugged, use a plumber's snake (or a hooked, heavy wire) to dislodge the blockage.

4. Fasten a leaf strainer over the opening of the downspout, leaving about two inches protruding.

5. Place leaf guards over the gutters. Lift the edge of the first row of shingles slightly, pushing the guards under it. Stop when the guards are even with the lip of the gutter. (This step will save you future work.)

richardc
10/15/2014 12:24:00 PM

Do not do this alone, people die from small falls. Please stay safe. just lost a very dear friend from a small fall and was home alone. Thanks






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