Ask the Experts: Gutter Cleaning Tips

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Barb G. from Burlington asks:  This past May, my husband Ed and I took ownership of a beautiful old home surrounded by maple trees. We love the trees, but we know that with the cooler temperatures, these trees are going to start dropping their leaves – and our roof and gutters are in the direct line of fire. Ed is sure he can get rid of the debris with a leaf blower…what do you recommend?

A Clean Streak, The Window and Gutter Cleaning Experts answer:  Hi Barb. We understand why you love those trees…providing shade in summer, and beautiful fall color displays, maple trees are a great addition to any landscape. But you’re correct to be concerned about their leaves clogging your gutters and downspouts.

Do Not Gutter Clean This WayEd’s idea of using a leaf blower to clean your roof and gutters may work, but before he begins, there are several factors to consider.

  • Ed should complete this project before it rains – wet leaves tend to compact themselves, making the leaf blower an ineffective tool.
  • For safety reasons, we don’t recommend that Ed works from the roof. But if he insists on working from above, he needs to make sure he has the correct safety gear (including protective eyewear, non-skid boots, and ideally, a safety harness).
  • If he’s working from a ladder, besides the eyewear, he should double and triple check that the ladder is secure (leaf blowers aren’t light weight, and the blast of air can easily affect his balance). And, to avoid gutter damage, he should make sure that the top of the ladder isn’t resting on the gutter edge.
  • Ed should direct the leaves and debris off the roof and away from the downspouts.

When used correctly, a leaf blower with a specialized nozzle attachment designed to direct a narrow stream of air can be a good tool to remove leaves and large debris. But little sticks, decomposing organic material and even growing seedlings can create big problems in your gutters and downspouts if they’re not eradicated too.

Ensuring impeccable gutter function is a dirty job. At A Clean Streak, we’ve found the best way to get those gutters working correctly is to hand clean them, and follow that up with a thorough fresh water rinse and downspout flush. And when you schedule your gutter cleaning with us, we’ll also inspect your gutters and downspouts for leaks, wear and tear, and damage.  Finally, we won’t leave the leaves we remove from your gutters – we haul everything away, leaving your yard neat and tidy.

Thanks for your question Barb. We hope we’ve been able to provide you and our other readers with the expert tips you need to get a safe start on your gutter cleaning project. But don’t get overwhelmed by the details: we’re here to help. Call the professionals at A Clean Streak to schedule a complete gutter system assessment and cleaning today.  

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