Gutter cleaning can be a time-consuming process, depending on how complex your gutter setup is. Our pros have years of experience cleaning, installing, and maintaining gutters in Southeast Michigan. We’ve perfected the art of cleaning gutters, and we’re happy to share our secrets with you. Read on to learn the quickest way to clean gutters.
Shield Your Gutters with Gutter Guards
Gutter guards can cut down your gutter cleaning time tremendously. If it feels like your gutters clog all the time, you may need gutter guards to block out leaves and twigs. The guards are usually made of fine mesh that allows water to flow freely in the gutters. Debris gets stuck on the top of the gutters and blows away with the wind. You can keep the bulk of the debris out of your gutters with a set of custom guards.
You can bundle gutter guards with new gutter installation or get them installed on your existing gutters. Sargent Gutters & Siding offers comprehensive gutter guard installation services. Contact us to schedule an estimate and learn more about the benefits of gutter guards.
Sweep Your Roof before Cleaning Your Gutters
The leaves on your roof can quickly clog your freshly-cleaned gutters. If possible, use a broom to gently sweep the debris off the roof. Abide by roof safety tips and do this on a dry, sunny day. A rainy roof is dangerous to walk on, and the rain will weigh down the materials in your gutters.
Scoop out Large Debris
When you start cleaning your gutters, focus on the large debris. You can scoop this with your hand (wear gloves), a small shovel, or a gutter trowel. You don’t have to get every little leaf out. Just try to eliminate the bulk of the debris. You can either toss it on the ground to sweep at the end or load it in a trash bag as you go.
Use a Hose to Flush out Your Gutters and Downspouts
Once you have most of the leaves out, you should be able to flush your gutters with a water hose. If the water pools up at the top of your downspouts, you may have a clog that you need to clear out. Check the bottom of the downspouts to make sure there isn’t anything blocking the end, and use the hose to wash away the small debris.
This is a great time to watch for leaks in your gutters. If you see water falling out of a joint, repair it to withstand the next rainstorm. If you have leaks all over, it may be time to upgrade to seamless gutters.
Maintain a Consistent Gutter Cleaning Schedule
The longer you leave debris in your gutters, the more compacted it becomes. We recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice per year to prevent sagging and hard-to-remove clogs. Plan to clean your gutters once in late summer and once in early winter. This should make each round of gutter cleaning faster because there is less compacted debris to dispose of.
Hire Gutter Cleaners to Do the Job for You
Save yourself time and energy by hiring someone else to clean your gutters for you. Routine gutter cleaning can extend the lifespan of your gutter system. Our gutter cleaners can check for repair issues at the earliest signs and keep your gutters working properly. Contact (800) 465-7460 if you’re interested in professional gutter cleaning in Southeast Michigan.