Should I Use a Hose to Clean My Gutters? post

Should I Use a Hose to Clean My Gutters?

Gutters are a key component of your home. They effectively shuttle water away from your home to protect the foundation, landscaping, and roof. To function properly, they must be free of debris like dirt and leaves.

Cleaning gutters is one of the tasks that most homeowners dread. Who wants to climb up on a ladder and scrape debris from their gutters? Not us!

Though there are many ways to clean your gutters, the best way is to use the method that you’re comfortable with or forgo it altogether and have Rhino Gutter Guards installed! Learn more from our team at The Rhino Gutter Company.

The Importance of Clean Gutters

Gutters serve the crucial purpose of collecting the rain that falls on your roof, diverting it through downspouts away from your home’s foundation and landscaping. Without them, rainwater can lead to leaks around windows, basements, and crawl spaces.

Though they typically require very little maintenance to keep them functioning well, when a gutter is full of debris, it can clog downspouts, causing the water to deluge over the top of the gutters and fall to the ground below.

How Often Do Gutters Need to Be Cleaned

How frequently you need to clean your gutters depends on where you live, and the number of trees that surround your home. Typically, gutters should be cleaned once in the fall and spring.

Gutter Cleaning Safety

It should be noted that gutter cleaning can be dangerous, so proceed with caution. Teetering on a tall ladder while trying to dig leaves and dirt out of your gutter doesn’t sound very safe, does it? Nowadays, several gutter cleaning tools allow homeowners to clear away debris while remaining safely on the ground.

Pro Tip: NEVER attempt to walk on the roof to clean your gutters. It’s a recipe for disaster.

Cleaning Your Gutters with a Hose

If your gutters aren’t thoroughly clogged, they can be cleaned successfully with a garden hose if you have the proper extension attachment.

By using an extension, you can stand on the ground, not a ladder, while you work. Now it’s time to get to work!

  • Make sure that you turn the water up so the garden hose is receiving enough pressure.
  • Work from the end nearest to the downspout
  • Spray the entire gutter channel length
  • Work your way back to the downspout

Expect there to be some mess! Water, leaves, and small twigs will likely spray over the sides of your gutters, so make sure to dress accordingly.

It is important to keep in mind that these garden hose attachments are likely not long enough to reach the gutters on a two-story home, so you may have to hire a professional gutter cleaning company to clean them for you.

Preventing Clogged Gutters

Of course, all this gutter cleaning nonsense could be prevented with Rhino Gutter Guards. These micro-mesh screens allow water to drain through to the gutters while blocking leaves and twigs from clogging your gutters.

Rhino Gutter Guards not only help keep your gutters lean but they do other things such as:

  • Keep birds and rodents from building nests
  • Prevent you from needing to climb up a ladder as often
  • Attach easily to most existing gutters
  • Keep water from pooling in your gutters
  • Keep harvested rainwater cleaner

To maintain, all you must do once or twice a year is spray off the top of the mesh Gutter Guards with a hose or pressure washer to ensure that sticks and leaves aren’t trapped there. See? Simple!

Say Goodbye to Gutter Cleaning

Say goodbye to the dreaded task of gutter cleaning and call The Rhino Gutter Company to install Rhino Gutter Guards! You won’t regret it!

Call us for a gutter consultation today at 813-590-5936