How to Clean Out Your Gutters | Overland Park

How to clean gutters

How to Clean Out Gutters

 

Living in Overland Park means enjoying the beauty of changing seasons, from the blooming springs, rainy summers, to the leaf filled falls. Each crazy season brings its own challenge for homeowners, especially when it comes to maintaining gutters. Clogged gutters can lead to a multitude of issues, including water damage to your home’s foundation, landscape erosion, breeding of pests, rotting out of wood, and more. We want to help you navigate the task of gutter cleaning. We put together a step-by-step guide to ensure your gutters are well-maintained and functioning properly.

 Step 1: Safety First

 

Before you start, ensure you have a sturdy ladder, non-slip shoes, and gloves. Gutter cleaning can be dangerous, so we always require our team members to use a ladder stabilizer for added safety. If you’re not comfortable working on a ladder, it’s best to hire professionals.

 Step 2: Gather Your Tools

 

You’ll need a few tools to clean your gutters efficiently and effectively:

– A sturdy ladder

– Heavy-duty gloves

– Leaf blower (not necessary but helpful)

– A bucket or a plastic trash bag

– A garden hose with a spray nozzle

Optional: Toilet Auger, and/or drill with Phillips and ¼ inch hex bit (These can be helpful in the case you have a clog that the water hose will not break free).

 

 Step 3: Remove Debris

How to clean gutters

Starting at the downspout, remove leaves, twigs, and any other debris from the gutter.

 Using your hands or a trowel, gently scoop the debris and place it in your bucket or bag. Always remember to clean off valleys as much as possible as they can hold moisture. Work your way around the house, moving the ladder safely as you go.

 

 Step 4 (Most important part): Flush the Gutters

 

Once you’ve removed the debris, it’s time to flush the gutters with water. Use your garden hose with a spray nozzle to wash out smaller particles and check for proper water flow. Pay attention to any leaks or areas where water pools, as these can indicate a blockage or a need for gutter repair.

 

 Step 5: Inspect and Repair

 

As you clean, inspect your gutters for any signs of damage, such as holes, rust, or separations. Minor issues can often be repaired with a bit of gutter sealant or some new hardware. However, significant damage might require sections of your gutter to be replaced.

 When to Clean Your Gutters

 

In Johnson County Kansas/ Kansas City Metro we recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year: once in spring/early summer and again in the late fall/winter. This schedule helps prevent issues caused by spring rains, fall leaves, and winter snows. However, if you’re surrounded by trees, you may need to clean your gutters more frequently.

 

 Professional Help

 

If you’re not up for the task of cleaning your gutters yourself, there are plenty of professional gutter cleaning services in Overland Park. Edwards Gutter Cleaning and Power Wash can provide thorough cleaning and inspection, ensuring your gutters are in top shape without you having to climb a ladder.

 

So, What Now?

 

Regular gutter maintenance is crucial for protecting your home from water damage and other issues. By following these steps, you can ensure your gutters in Overland Park are clean and functional. Whether you decide to tackle the task yourself or hire professionals, maintaining clean gutters is an investment in your home’s longevity and safety.

 

Edwards Gutter Cleaning and Power Wash would love to help anyway we can!

913-359-7695

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What Our Customers Say About Us

5/5
Mason is very professional, always dependable and does a marvelous job of gutter cleaning. Sends pictures when he’s completed the job. You won’t and can’t go wrong using this company.
Carolyn H.
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For the past two years, Mason has consistently performed excellent gutter cleaning service for my home. Highest recommendation of Mason's services to others. Looking forward to seeing Mason next Spring & Winter!
Chris G.
5/5
It was a pleasure doing business with Mason. He responded to my message promptly, gave me an estimated date & time he could come to clean my gutters, and then checked back with me to confirm. He arrived on time, finished quickly, and left the area amazingly clean considering my second-story gutter hadn't been cleaned in a while.
Jean S.

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