How to Clean and Maintain your Gutters

  1. Start cleaning the gutters close to the downspout.
  2. Remove all large debris and dump it in a bucket
  3. Clean out the finer materials by flushing out the gutters with a hose starting on the opposite end of the downspout.

Once you have cleaned out your gutters you may notice that they need some maintenance.

If there’s still standing water after the gutter has been flushed, the gutter may not be sloped correctly and will require adjustment. The length of the system should decline at least ¼ inch every 10 feet toward the downspout.

If the gutter doesn’t slope enough, detach the hangers and adjust the gutter enough to drain properly, then reattach. It may be easier to work on small sections at a time to prevent the entire gutter system from falling.

Inspect the gutter sections and downspouts for obvious damage and missing parts. Support hangers should be spaced every 2 feet along the gutter.

To replace or add hangers:

• Install screw and ferrule hangers by marking their position on the gutter, drilling the holes in the gutter lip and fascia, then driving the screw with a drill through the ferrule.

• Install screw-in or hidden hangers following the manufacturer’s directions. Most are attached through the rear of the gutter and into the fascia board, then clipped to the inside-front of the gutter.

• If no fascia board exists, use roof hangers with straps, following the package instructions. Typical installation involves attaching a hanger across the gutter channel, clipping a strap to the hanger, then attaching the hanger under the shingles.

4 thoughts on “How to Clean and Maintain your Gutters”

  1. That’s good to know that you may need to adjust the slope of the gutters as time goes on. I would think that would be a good way to make sure that they don’t fill up and break as my friends did. I’ll have to recommend that he checks on the slope if he gets some new ones, so he could avoid that issue in the future.

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