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Home Maintenance 101: How-to Clean Your Gutter

Clogged gutters are one of the leading causes of water damage to private residences. If your gutter is clogged, or you simply want to give it a good clean, consider the following tips.

Get the right tools. Prep for your gutter clean-out with the right tools. They make hose attachments specifically designed for gutters, but a regular hose will do the trick, too. You will also need a ladder, a trowel, buckets. If you're cleaning from the ground, consider a hooked gutter cleaning attachment for a leaf blower.

Climbing? Have a spotter. If you're cleaning from a ladder, make sure to have a friend or family member there to spot you.

Start at a downspout. It's smartest to start your clean-out near a downspout to clear a path for the items to wash out.

Nix any clogs. Remove larger debris like leaves and sticks with a trowel. If the downspout is really clogged, you may need to remove it from the pipe to clean as needed.

Flush. Once you've removed the larger items, flush the finer material with a hose, beginning away from the downspout, which should be cleared.

By clearing your gutter at least twice a year, you help ward off harmful water damage, and can more easily keep on top of your home maintenance.

As a Member of the Top 5 in Real Estate Network®, I have a wealth of real estate and homeownership information that may be of help to you. Feel free to contact me any time to learn more about this important information, and be sure to forward this article on to any friends or family that may be interested as well.


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