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How to Clean Your Gutters

How to Clean Your Gutters

“How to clean your gutters” is a FAQ at TGB. We’ve cleaned over 50,000 Ohio homes, so we are experts on the subject. Gutter cleaning is dirty and dangerous. We recommend that you leave it to the pros. In a recent article entitled Get Your Mind out of the Gutter, Mitch Allen says, “If you’re thinking about cleaning your own gutters this spring, I have three words for you: Don’t do it. Sadly, two friends of mine had their lives tragically altered when they each fell from an extension ladder while cleaning their gutters. One ultimately died from his injuries, suffering from chronic pain, depression, and addiction to pain meds. The other saw his high-earnings career cut short. He’s a cardiac surgeon who suffered nerve damage from the fall and could no longer operate.” Still want to clean your gutters? If so, keep this in mind:

How to Clean Your Gutters Safely

When cleaning your gutters, safety should always be at the forefront of your mind. Our technicians go up and down ladders every day. They are highly trained in the safest techniques. The most dangerous part about cleaning your gutters is the ladder itself. Approximately 36,338 Americans die from falls at home or at work each year. The most important thing to keep in mind while cleaning your gutters on a ladder is that you are working on a ladder. Stay alert! Make sure the foundation of the ladder is sturdy and won’t move. Also, you want to climb up and down carefully. Don’t overreach or lean, and make sure to keep at least three points of contact on the ladder at all times. For more info about ladder safety, click here.

How to Clean Your Gutters Technically

Gutter cleaning isn’t the most technical job you can do, but you want to do it correctly. First, make sure to slide the leaf debris into small piles in the gutter, compacting it against the gutter spike or fastener. This makes the job go much quicker, rather than just picking the leaves out as they sit. Slide your gloved hand along the bottom of the gutter to get any loose debris or roof granules. Next, flush the downspouts using a garden hose, making sure all the debris is out of the gutter before doing so. Do not use high pressure because the downspout can blow out if there is a clog. If you encounter water bubbling back up the downspout pipe, disassemble it to remove the clog. While the water is running, you should be able to hear it running through the system. It will be music to your ears.

How to Clean Your Gutters for the LAST TIME!

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  • Carl Green
    August 31, 2020, 6:41 pm REPLY

    It’s good to learn that you should make sure that you are on a working ladder when trying to clean your gutters. My brother is wanting to get into the gutter business and he was wondering how he could clean gutters in a safe way. I’ll be sure to tell him that he should get a safe ladder when working on gutters.

  • Aaron White
    October 7, 2020, 7:45 pm REPLY

    I liked your tip of staying alert when working on a ladder to clean your gutters. My brother is wanting to start a roofing business and he was wondering how he could clean a roof safely. I’ll be sure to tell him that he should have three points of contact to a ladder when he is cleaning gutters on a roof.

  • Mason Smith
    October 9, 2020, 3:19 pm REPLY

    I really appreciate your advice to slide the pile to one side in order to make this job much quicker. I think in the future I will get some covers so the gutters can’t get compacted in the first place. We need to find a local professional that can help us with this task so that it’s installed properly.

  • Zoe Campos
    October 20, 2020, 1:33 pm REPLY

    When you said that about 36,338 people die each year from accidental falls, it made me realize that we shouldn’t probably do our planned gutter cleaning this weekend. I initially asked my husband if he can climb up the ladder since a lot of rainfalls had passed by our area and the gutters are probably filled with debris, but now I realize that it isn’t safe for the both of us. It would probably be safer to just hire cleaning services for this part of our house.

  • James Brower
    October 26, 2020, 9:42 am REPLY

    This is some great information. It truly sums up why you need a professional. I have been in the business for a short time but there are some of these points I actually have not thought of. Thank you very much. much appreciated!


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