ttersGutters are designed to direct water off your roof, but they can also become collection zones for fallen leaves, branches, nuts, and more. All of this can clog your gutters over time, which will detract from their efficiency and damage their integrity. If you want to avoid having to replace your gutters every few years, you have to make sure to keep them clean. Here are some tips showing how to keep your gutters clean all year long.
Install Seamless Gutters and Downspouts
Why install seamless gutters and downspouts when you have perfect good gutters now? Because their design will trap a lot less debris for you to clean out. These gutters do not have as many joint areas as traditional gutters, so there are fewer spots for leaves to get trapped or water to leak out. Seamless gutters also create a streamline look to your home that will make people forget you ever have gutters out there. This is a long-term investment worth making.
Clean Your Gutters at Least Twice a Year
One of the main reasons people have problems with their gutters and downspouts is because they do not clean them often enough. You need to clean your gutters at least twice a year, with one of those times being right before winter. This is when all of the autumn leaves have fallen, so you gutter is as clogged as it will get. If you do not want to do the cleaning on your own, you can always hire professionals to do that for you. The more often you clean out your gutters, the less work you will have for each cleaning session.
Remove Big Debris By Hand
The most effective way to clean your gutters and downspouts is to get on a ladder and pull out the big debris by hand. If you have not cleaned your gutters in years, this may take a while to do. Once you have all the big stuff out, you can use a high pressure nozzle on your hose to rinse out what remains. If you repeat this again in 4-6 months, you might be able to just rinse your gutters without any manual removal.