Fall foliage is a glorious time to be outdoors - taking in the changing colors and crunch beneath your feet. But it can wreak havoc on your gutters. Tackle the build-up with some of these tips.
Start in the Corners
Using gloves, clear tight spots first, like corners and downspouts. Toss the gunk into a work bucket (opposed to on the ground) so that you have less mess later and no slipping hazards.
Make a plast scoop easily with a plastic milk jug or 20 ounce bottle of soda. Use a utility knife to slice off the bottom at a slight angle and you'll have a scooper!
Usually, two elbows join the gutter to the downspout, which become ideal locations for clogs. Blast some water with your garden hose to add some pressure cleaning.
Eliminate this Chore
Have you considered a gutter guard? Fine-weave mesh covers can be added to your gutter system to allow water in and keep leaves out. You'll find prices around $9 a linear foot in stores and online.
Be sure to use a safety ladder or stabilizing bar to prevent damage to the gutter system. You'll have clean, free flowing gutters in no time!