Cleaning Leaves from Rain Gutters Safely

Inspections and clearing of gutters should happen each spring and autumn which, if hiring someone, can be costly and inefficient for a time-sensitive project.

There are plenty of safe ways to clean your rain gutters on your own. But only take on this task if you feel comfortable working from a high ladder on your roof. Be sure to follow our ladder safety tips whenever you’re getting on your roof.

  • Blow Out Debris with Leaf Blower: If you use this method to rid some of the debris, make sure to wear goggles, dust mask and gloves for protection.
  • Scoop Out Loose Debris: Use a narrow garden trowel or gutter scoop to scoop debris into a plastic bucket.
  • Flush Gutters with a Hose: This can sometimes be the messy part of the job, but the most effective when gutters are full of leaves, mud and debris.
  • Clear Obstructions in Downspout: If water doesn’t drain after flushing, use a plumber’s auger to free debris from the downspout and pull out the bottom or through from the top.
  • Check Downspout: Always check for rust, flaking or peeling paint, plus leaks, and make sure the downspout is tightly against the fascia boards.
  • Inspect Fascia Boards: Check all fascia boards for dry rot or other damages.

Why is it important to clean gutters? Gutters are just as much part of your home as your foundation. They protect the flow of rainwater into your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. When neglected, uncluttered gutters can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.

Remember, safety is always of paramount importance. If you don’t feel comfortable on a ladder or on your roof, call a contractor for cleaning leaves out of rain gutters.