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HOW TO CLEAN RAIN GUTTERS
Rain gutters are critical in keeping water away from your house, but to do their job properly, they need to be free of clogging leaves and debris. The fuller your gutters get with wet debris and standing water, the more potential water damage to your roofing and fascia boards. This can lead to leakage into your home's foundation, basement and crawl space.
Keeping your rain gutters clean is also important in terms of boosting your home's curb appeal. Naturally, the muddy gunk that builds up in your gutters will eventually pour over the edges. This leads to the appearance of dark vertical stripes, particularly on aluminum gutters, called tiger stripes.
To keep your gutters clear and help your home look its best, clean them at least once a year – and more frequently if there are a lot of trees around your house. It's also a good idea to clean them after big storms, as well as before a storm hits to prevent buildup before it's too late.
Although it's been a go-to choice for tough cleaning jobs, avoid using TSP to clean your rain gutters. This cleaner is toxic and can cause depletion of oxygen levels in lakes and streams if it ends up being rinsed down a storm drain.
Before you begin cleaning, put on a long sleeve shirt, gloves to protect your hands from sharp metal or sheet metal screws, a dust mask and safety goggles. Clean gutters when they are slightly damp and pliable. It's best to pressure wash under cooler, non-windy conditions.
Do not use a pressure washer while on a ladder - only operate with feet planted on the ground.
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