Removing The Leaves
There are a number of ways this can be done, including:
- using a shop-vac to suck out the leaves;
- aiming a leaf blower down the gutters to loosen the leaves;
- a gutter flusher which will rinse the leaves away;
- and manually with your hands.
Have a large garbage bag with you to collect the leaves as you go.
Rinsing The Trough
After the leaves are gone, there will still be smaller debris and dirt in the gutters. For the quickest way to clean most of the remaining residue, use your garden hose to rinse the gutter. Ice has a way of causing damage, so after winter, you should:
- make sure that the valves controlling water are on;
- replace garden hoses that have cracks in them;
- and check for blockages made of ice or plant material.
The stronger the water pressure, the easier time you’ll have with dirt removal; luckily, most homes will have a PSI of 40-70, although it’s possible to use a narrower hose to improve the pressure.
Keep Your Cleaning Equipment Small and Handy
It’s great to have gadgets to help you clean, but it also means that maneuvering the equipment along the edge of your home. If you prefer to use a bit of elbow grease, the minimum amount of equipment is a garbage bag, a gutter scoop, and gloves.