How to Clean Gutters Without Hurting Yourself

Plan and Prepare: – Check the weather forecast. Avoid cleaning gutters in rainy or windy conditions.

Secure the Ladder: – Set up the ladder at a stable angle. The "4-to-1" rule is a general guideline: for every four feet of ladder height, place the base one foot away from the wall.

Climb Safely: – Ascend and descend the ladder carefully, always maintaining three points of contact (two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot) with the ladder.

Scoop and Remove Debris: – Start at the downspout and work your way outward. Use a trowel or scoop to remove leaves, twigs, and debris from the gutter.

Flush the Gutters: – Once you've removed most of the debris, use a hose with a high-pressure nozzle to flush out any remaining dirt and small debris toward the downspout.

Inspect Downspouts: – Check that downspouts are clear and free-flowing. Use a plumber's snake or a garden hose to dislodge any clogs if necessary.

Clean Up: – Carefully descend the ladder and remove the debris from the bucket or bag. Dispose of it properly.

Regular Maintenance: Consider installing gutter guards or screens to help prevent future clogs, reducing the need for frequent cleaning.