When you own a home, you have a lot more responsibilities. The lawn, the mortgage, the bills, home owner insurance, property tax etc… Just don’t forget the little things about maintaining your home: Trimming the hedges, repainting and of course, the importance of regular gutter cleaning.
It’s easy to forget, especially when it hasn’t rained in awhile, but cleaning your rain gutters is absolutely important. It’s a gross task, involving scooping out handfuls of yucky leaves and gunk, but it may keep your roof from caving in one day!
So here’s what you want to keep in mind…
Clean Them Regularly
If you wait until it starts raining, it’ll be too late. You want to make sure your gutters are clean so that they can collect the rain, so check your gutters every month or two, especially around Fall, and make sure there’s nothing in there to clog them up when the rain comes. You might not have to clean them out once a month, but you should at least check them that often just to make sure. You never know when you’ll find a bird’s nest or your kid’s baseball in there, so keep’em in check.
Try Some Gutter Guards
These are great. They come in various types, but the idea is mainly to help keep stuff out of there. You’ll still have to clean them out now and then, but it can help a lot to reduce the amount of junk in there and make the whole task just a bit easier.
How to Clean’em
Well… You get up there with a ladder and gloves and scoop that junk out with your hands. This is why it’s preferable to do it before it rains, so you won’t be scooping out mildew and soil. Dry leaves are easy to scoop out in a handful, wet gunk is a little trickier. So keep your ladder and gloves handy, and you can either bring a garbage bag with you or toss it to the ground and pick it up when you’re done.
Have the Kid Do It!
It’s a rite of passage for young men: Go clean the rain gutters do dad doesn’t have to! If you have a boy, it’s your right as a father to delineate the task to him! You have three choices here. You can use cleaning the gutters as a form of punishment when the kid takes the car without asking, you can offer it as a way for your kid to make a little cash here and there, or you can delineate it as one of their regular chores!