Gutter Cleaning Tips

Don’t take your gutter cleanliness for granted, especially in Philadelphia. Not only can mosquitoes breed in them if not cleaned, but you leave yourself open to termites, mold, mildew, and so many other problems. If you’re feeling confident enough to brave the ladders and debris, let us give you a few tips from our professionals!

1. Always Think Safety first!

A sturdy, good quality ladder is probably the most important piece of equipment you can rely on while cleaning your gutters and roofline. With the especially moist soil in Philadelphia, it’s imperative to have a spotter to help keep your ladder steady. Also make sure to put it on a good, even surface.

Next, you’ll need to be able to see! Sticks, leaves, seed pods and all other types of things can end up in your gutters. You’ll want to make sure that if anything muddy splashes into your face that you’ll be protected with some form of protective face or eye gear.

2. Tools:

Heavy duty work gloves or cleaning gloves will protect you from pokes and pinches from cleaning the gutters by hand, especially in older gutters where some of the attaching gear may have come loose.  If you’re worried about using your hands, try using a small trowel or scoop to push or lift out debris. Other power tools such as a leaf blower, pressure washer or commercial wet/dry vacuum can help for touch to remove clogs. Always make sure that if you’re using a pressure washer that your gutter are completely secured otherwise you could have a complete failure on your hands. A plumber’s snake is a great tool to unclog downspouts, however if you don’t have one on hand, putting a hose up and/or down your spout can help do the trick.

3. Work Efficiently:

Using buckets or contractor’s grade large garbage bags to collect debris as you go can be a large time-saver. If using buckets, one easy way to not have to hold them is to use S-hooks from your local hardware store to hand the buckets from the top of your ladder. This also means you don’t have to rake everything up from the ground or driveway when you’re done!

The easiest way to move about your gutters it to start at the downspout and work your way away. By the end, you can use the hose to rinse anything else left toward the downspout and not have to move your ladder all the way back again!

4. Inspect Gutters After Cleaning

You’ll always want to make sure that your gutters are well secured, no loose connections, that your downspout is well attached, and there are no rust holes or leaks. If there are, you’ll need to contact professionals to give a full inspection. In an area as rainy as Philly, you don’t want to take chances.

To make your job easier, here is the recommended tools list:

  • commercial grade ladder
  • plastic or lightweight buckets
  • S hooks for buckets
  • work gloves
  • safety glasses
  • garden trowel
  • hose
  • drain snake
  • heavy duty garbage bag or waste container

Keep your home, yard, foundation, and yourself happy by making sure that your gutters are regularly cleaned, whether by yourself or the pros at Philadelphia Gutter Cleaning.