What is one of the most cumbersome – but also most important – homeowner maintenance projects? If you said, cleaning out the gutters, then we know what you mean! Most homeowners would rather do more laundry rather than spend an afternoon unclogging gutters, but it’s one of the most important things you can do to keep your roof and home safe and dry.

Gutter systems are in place to divert water and debris off your roof and away from your home. When your gutter is clogged, it can’t function properly and can cause water to pool on your roof. Water on your roof can lead to damage and eventually leaks, so making sure your gutters are clean is the best way to prevent that from happening. So, what are the best ways to keep your gutters clean? Below, we’ll go over the top three ways you can clean them yourself.

Use a Ladder and Hose

One of the easiest ways to clean your gutters is to get out your ladder and hose and move around the perimeter of your home. Use the hose to help push any leaves or other debris out of the gutter and to make sure that water is moving as it should. You might need to manually remove larger piles of debris, so bring a pair of gloves up the ladder with you.

Get a Gutter Cleaning Wand

If you prefer not to leave the ground, you can get a gutter cleaning wand. This is a high-pressure washing tool with a long handle that’s curved at the end and points directly into your gutter. It helps move debris along to the downspout, keeping your gutters clear and ready for the next storm.

Use a Power Washer

You can also get a power washing attachment for your hose and clean your gutters from a ladder or on your roof. A power washer not only removes leaves and other debris but gives your gutters a deep clean too.

You should plan on cleaning your gutters at least once a year. Cleaning your gutters also gives you a chance to inspect them for any damage that may need professional repair work done. And if you find you need gutter repairs done, call your local experts at Empire Roofing and Restoration!