The fall season has arrived once again. While all of the leaves changing colors is a beautiful display of nature to behold, many of those leaves will undoubtedly land in your home's rain gutters. When fallen leaves sit in your home's gutter system, they will break down and form a stinky sludge that will clog the downspouts and cause water to back up during winter storms. Since improper rain gutter function leads to exterior paint and foundation damage, it is important that you take the time to thoroughly clean your home's gutter system each fall.
As soon as the majority of the trees surrounding your home have lost their leaves, wait for a warm day and follow this procedure to clean out your home's rain gutters:
Step 1: Remove Clogging Leaves from the Gutters
Standing on a ladder, you will need to manually remove the bulk of the decomposing leaves in your home's rain gutter system. The easiest way to accomplish this nasty task is to use an old, plastic soup ladle and a bucket.
Wearing a pair of rubber gloves, reach into the gutters and pull out all of the larger leaves. To remove the rest of the mess in the gutters, use the soup ladle and ladle it into your bucket. Remove as much of the biological material as you can.
Step 2: Wash Out the Rain Gutters
Once you have cleaned the majority of the leaves out of the gutters, then you need to flush them out with water. Using your garden hose, wash all of the gutters and allow any remaining leaves or biological contamination to flow down the downspouts. You should not skip this step, because if you do, then the rotten leaves on the bottom of the gutters will dry in place and can clog your system in a storm as it breaks off. Be extra careful that you do not slip off when you use a hose while standing on a ladder.
Step 3: Use the Leaves to Feed Your Landscaping
Rather than dumping out the material that you ladled out of your home's rain gutters, instead, you can use it to feed your landscaping plants. As the leaves break down, they offer a lot of nutrients that your plants will be happy to take advantage of. The rest of the leaves that you remove should either be composted in your yard or you can place them into your landscaping materials trash can.
For professional tips, contact a company like ATLANTA GUTTER PATROL.