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How To Clean Different Types Of Gutter Clogs

02 November 2015

Your gutters become unwelcome homes to many things over the seasons: twigs, acorns, pine needles, leaves, dirt, and even nests. Perhaps you’ve experienced clogging, which leads to pooled water around your foundation. Clogged gutters can also lead to damaged gutters requiring costly repair. Not to mention, this can also be dangerous as your gutters could pull away from the home. To avoid all that, you’ve probably been getting up on a ladder and scooping out the debris on your own.

Your gutters become unwelcome homes to many things over the seasons: twigs, acorns, pine needles, leaves, dirt, and even nests. Thanks to durable, one-piece construction, your LeafGuard gutter system allows only water to enter the gutter while keeping out dirt, leaves and other debris.

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But there’s a better way, and that’s through clog-free LeafGuard® gutter systems. Thanks to durable, one-piece construction, your LeafGuard® gutter system allows only water to enter the gutter while keeping out dirt, leaves and other debris. This type of system is 20 percent thicker than standard gutters, allowing your system to handle up to 30 inches of rain fall an hour!

If you don’t already have a clog-free system, you may be wondering how to clean clogged gutters. We’ll give you a few tips:

SMALL DEBRIS

Small debris such as small particles, tiny twigs and dirt can be washed away with your garden hose or a pressure washer on the lowest setting. Direct the flow down the gutters towards the downspouts to get it all out.

LARGE DEBRIS

When you notice clumps of leaves, sticks, acorns and birds’ nests blocking the normal flow of water, it becomes harder to simply wash it away with a hose. You’ll have to get up there on a sturdy ladder to physically scoop out the debris. Bring a bucket with you and use a ladder hook so you can keep your hands free. Wear gloves and use a scoop or garden trowel or just your hands to get everything out. Place it in the bucket. To get at the debris stuck at the bottom, use a paint stir stick to help. Then, use a garden hose to wash out the small stuff that’s left.

SAFETY

Cleaning out your own gutters is inherently dangerous. Standing 10 to 20 feet above the ground on a ladder or the roof is just risky unless you are careful and take precautions. For safety reasons, it’s best to hire a professional for this job. If you insist on doing it yourself, make sure you have a ladder stabilizer, harnesses, and other safety equipment, as well as a buddy to spot you.

Have you had it with clogged gutters? Sick and tired of getting up on a ladder to clear them out all the time? Call LeafGuard® of Oklahoma today at 918-347-7889 for a solution that works for you. Check out the benefits of clog-free LeafGuard® gutters here.

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