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Published on May 28, 2009
Cleaning gutters is an easy job to put off, but the longer you wait the worse it can get. Thoroughly cleaning your gutters every spring and fall will help keep them working like they're supposed to. Debris can build up and cause damage to your downspouts and cause water damage to your roof. To clean out your gutters you will need: a trowel, ladder, buckets, garden hose, gutter cleaning attachment and gutter sealant.
To begin, clean the downspout removing any twigs, leaves and dirt. Flush out any other debris. If the water doesn't drain properly through the downspout, there is probably a clog. Remove the end of the downspout and flush with water. If this doesn't do the trick, use the full power and force of a plumbers snake.
If you notice that water sets in the bottom of your gutters be sure to readjust them so that they flow properly to the downspout. Leaks? Use gutter sealant on all joints. If there is noticeable paint damage, simply touch up with a primer. To find how to install gutter screens to keep out debris, visit http://www.Lowes.com/Videos.