If you’ve never inspected your gutters before, then you’re just waiting for a huge problem to arise. Gutters and downspouts are responsible for moving water away from your house. There are a few reasons why this is necessary and why your gutters need to be cleaned. Here’s everything you need to know about gutter cleaning.

What Do Gutters Do?

Your gutters have the primary purpose of redirecting water that rolls on your rooftop. Without a gutter, the water falls against the sides of your home. This can start to make the foundation your home sits on erode. If there are already holes in the foundation, then the water can start to seep through and enter your basement.

Gutters reduce the risk of water damage in your home.

How do Gutters Become Dirty?

There are a few different ways that your gutters can become dirty. The primary culprit is leaves. As leaves fall on the roof, they slide down the shingles to land in the gutter. Because the gutter is an enclosed space, leaves can get caught and remain in the gutter. When too many leaves clog the gutter, it’s unable to perform its action of removing water.

Another reason gutters can become dirty is that squirrels and birds sometimes like to build nests in the gutter. They bring twigs, dirt, and other muck to the gutter that can clog it.

How Do You Clean Gutters?

If you want to prevent having to clean your gutters too often, then you may want to invest in a gutter guard. This is a covering that keeps leaves, birds, and other animals from accessing the gutter, itself. Water is still able to pass through the covering and be transported elsewhere. You will, however, have to clean the covering from time-to-time.

To actually clean your gutter, you’re going to need a ladder. There are a few different tools you can use to clean the gutter. The first is a leaf blower. You can use the high-powered blower to blow leaves right out of the gutter.

You can also use a power washer to remove leaves, dirt, and other debris from the gutter.

If you have a wet/dry vacuum, then it can also be effective in cleaning your gutters.

Otherwise, you’re going to need to roll up your sleeves, put on a pair of gloves, and pull out the muck from the gutters yourself. This is the hardest way to clean gutters.

Another great investment is downspout extensions at all of your downspouts. Typically, downspouts discharge the drainage from the gutter to the base of the walls near the foundation. Downspout extensions carry this discharge away from the foundation and can be directed to grading that flows away from the home.  This is an inexpensive way to save thousands in foundation damages.