One tedious task that every homeowner faces is cleaning gutters during fall. Most people have a routine for home maintenance including tasks for the spring and fall seasons.

The gutters are usually in the worst condition during the fall and need to be cleaned before winter. Here are a few things to consider when planning for your fall gutter cleaning.

Safety First

  • Anytime that you plan to do work around the house that requires a ladder, let someone know what you are doing. Too often, accidents happen involving ladders. It’s a good idea to have someone check on you from time to time.
  • Make sure your ladder is solid and sturdy. Ladders wear with age. Check it out thoroughly before climbing on it.
  • Dress for the task. You don’t want to wear loose clothing that could snag and pull on your clothes when climbing on your ladder while cleaning gutters during fall. Make sure to wear rubber-soled shoes, gloves, and protective eyewear.

Don’t Procrastinate

As the leaves begin to fall, your gutters will start to fill up. Depending on how many trees are around your house, you may find yourself cleaning gutters during fall more than once. If you wait too long for the first cleaning, the gunk in the gutters can possibly create other issues with your downspouts.

Clean The Roof Before Cleaning Gutters During Fall

There may be pieces of tree limbs and other brush on your rooftop. Clean any debris off of the top of the roof. This will prevent it from collecting in the gutters. Use a rake and keep a sure foot in place for safety.

Unclog The Downspouts

If the downspouts are clogged, the water will back up in the gutters. If you notice rain flowing off of the roof over the gutters, you may have a clogged downspout. This can compromise the effectiveness of your gutters. Make sure the downspouts are clear while cleaning your gutters during fall.

Flush Thoroughly

After the gutters are scooped out, flush them with a garden hose. This will ensure that they are free from obstructions and will clean out any leftover debris in the gutters and downspouts.

Cleaning gutters during fall doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With these tips, cleaning gutters during fall will be easier and safer.

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