Most people see fall as a time with beautiful trees and perfect temperatures, but homeowners also know it as a time of never-ending leaf piles. Before we get too far into fall, it’s important for you to clean out your gutters. That way, when the leaves start pouring into your gutters, you have a clean path for them to flow through. Here are some gutter cleaning tips for fall that you can use for your home.
Pull Out The Big Piles By Hand
If it has been a while since you cleaned out your gutters, you will need to pull out as much of the leaves and other debris that you can by hand. Wear a pair of gloves to do this in case there are sharp objects or jagged edges in your gutters. You can either throw the debris onto the ground to rake up later or put it in a trash bag that you carry around with you.
Powerwash What’s Left
Once you have the bulky parts of the debris out, you can use a powerwasher to get rid of the rest. If you do not have access to one of these, you can try using a high pressure garden hose nozzle to get the same basic effect. When you go to power wash your gutters, be careful not to shove too much down your downspouts at once. Doing this will only lead to more problems in the future.
Install Gutter Guards
In the fall, gutter guards are going to be your best friend. These devices act as caps on your gutters to keep out leaves that may try to fall into the gutters and downspouts. The water from your roof will still run into the gutters through small slits in the guards, but the rest of the debris will fall off in one way or another. This will create less of a mess for you to pull out when fall is over.
Fix Problems Right Away
If you notice any issues while you are cleaning out your guttering, you need to get them corrected right away. The longer you let them site, the more damage they will do to your gutters and the rest of your home. If the gutters look pretty worn down, it may be time for you to replace them entirely. Keep all of this in mind as you clean your gutters for fall.