Cleaning your home’s gutters

One of my resolutions for the second quarter of 2010 is to “accomplish all 67 tasks on the ‘Spring Cleaning for the Overachiever’ list on pages 189 and 190 of Unclutter Your Life in One Week.” Since I live in a house that doesn’t have exterior gutters, we swept our house’s flat roof instead of tackling list item number four: “Clean leaves and debris out of gutters.” Sweeping a roof is a comparatively easier chore than cleaning gutters, and I have a lot of sympathy for folks who have to climb up on ladders twice a year to de-muck their gutters.’s recent article “Spring Maintenance: Clean Gutters and Downspouts” is a wonderful step-by-step guide on how to get the debris out of your gutters so that your home is ready for spring rains. I particularly appreciated the final tip of the article:

It’s not often that you’re up close and personal with your gutters so take this opportunity to inspect them for damage as well. Dents, holes and cracks may have surfaced over the winter months and should be repaired as soon as possible.

In addition to the advice that appears in the article, I would recommend doing this chore on a clear morning. It’s nice to get it out of the way first thing and avoid racing the setting sun to get it finished. This isn’t a chore you want to hurry through and risk your safety.

10 Comments for “Cleaning your home’s gutters”

  1. posted by Katha on

    Where I live (Germany), many people have gutter covers made from a kind of wire netting. Greatly reduces the gunk factor as the debris does not lie in moisture all the time and more of it simply falls off the (konvex) netting! Though the netting, too, should be cleaned once in a while.

  2. posted by Lose That Girl on

    So glad that I live in a downtown condo!

  3. posted by chacha1 on

    Yet another reason I’m a happy renter.

  4. posted by Ronique Gibson on

    I just moved into a house that is 23 years old. All of the trees around it, naturally are mature and drop tons of leaves. This weekend I loooked up into our gutters and saw they were filled with leaves, branches and other debris. Thanks for this article, we need to unclutter them immediately! I always talk about curb appeal on my blog, and my house is not stepping up to the plate! :o(

  5. posted by Mike on

    Thank you for the reminder of how awesome it is to live in Arizona. (No gutters. Just spanish tile as far as the eye can see. And I don’t mind the “leaf droppings” from cacti, such as they are.)

  6. posted by Cynthia on

    Don’t forget the downspouts, as they can easily get clogged with debris. It might be something that you would think to clean when you clean the gutters, but apparently the person we have clean our gutters didn’t know to check the downspouts. During a downpour this weekend we decided to figure out why our newly clean gutters were producing the waterfall coming from the roof. After checking the downspouts and clearing them of debris, we no longer had our lovely waterfall that was drenching our entryway.

  7. posted by Another Deb on

    I also enjoy relatively little Arizona roof maintenence, although I have to get up there with a roller and several 5 gallon buckets full of sealer for my foam roof every few years.

  8. posted by Marie on

    We will be doing a great deal of gutter maintenance this year due to a mentally retarded woodpecker we’ve been dealing with. Despite weeks of chasing it off, it still thinks pounding away on aluminum is going to accomplish something.

  9. posted by whitecat on

    I don’t mind cleaning my gutters. It’s a small price to pay for home ownership.

    But I have a secret weapon – I bought a Looj, the robotic gutter cleaner. It’s so much fun to use that gutter cleaning is no longer a chore.

    One piece of advice I would offer: when you go up that ladder take a cell phone with you. One time I accidentally knocked the ladder over and had to hail a passing FedEx driver to come rescue me.

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