Cleaning out the gutters on your house is one of those chores that most people put off for as long as possible because it’s so tedious and can be dangerous. But letting your gutters get clogged with leaves or debris or letting them sag and back up with ice dams are all bad ideas. The longer you wait before confirming that they are handling water properly, the more likely it is that you’ll end up needing gutter companies to come out and replace everything. At GF Sprague, we want you to be able to keep your gutters for as long as possible, so we offer a yearly inspection that will stop problems before they spread. In the meantime, follow our easy tips for keeping them working properly!
Gutter Companies In Boston Can Inspect Your Gutters
If you’re concerned about the state of your current gutters, it’s best to get a thorough inspection from one or more gutter companies in Boston. They can let you know whether they are in good shape, need to be adjusted or should be replaced. At GF Sprague, we’ll give you a detailed evaluation at no charge and let you decide whether adjusting your current gutters or replacing them with newer, more reliable gutters is the best option for your house.
Gutter companies in Boston also offer a variety of gutter guards or gutter covers that can be easily installed over new or existing gutters to keep out most dirt, debris and leaves so that you won’t need to climb a ladder and clean things out as often. We offer the finest gutter guards available and will be happy to give you a quote to compare to those of other gutter companies in Boston. We believe you’ll find that ours are the best value.
Cleaning Your Gutters Safely
Between inspections or after any heavy storm that might have deposited excessive debris in your gutters, keep them clean by following our safe gutter cleaning tips. Ideally, you should clean them twice a year, in the spring and fall.
- Wear work gloves to protect your hands from debris, sharp corners and other hazards
- Use a stable, secured ladder and tie a bucket to one side where you can deposit any leaves or debris. You can empty it periodically when you get off the ladder, giving yourself fewer trips up and down the ladder.
- Never clean out your gutters without help. Falls from ladders are the second most common cause of injury in the home, so be sure you have a neighbor who can steady the ladder for you and make sure you won’t fall.
- Gently scoop any leaves, dirt or debris out of the gutters with a small garden spade or large spoon and dispose of it in the bucket mentioned above.
- Rinse out the interior of all gutters using a garden hose set on “gentle” or “low.” Blasting water through the gutters is not a good idea because it can damage them or knock them out of alignment. It can also loosen the brackets and other mounting hardware that keep your gutters in place properly.
- The downspouts should be cleaned last by spraying into the bottom opening, then spraying down from the top so that anything you’ve loosened will be safely washed away.
- If you still can’t get a clog out of the downspouts, try using a plumber’s snake to loosen and remove the blockage.
- If you notice that your gutters aren’t hanging evenly or that they are turned at different angles, talk to some gutter companies in Boston about whether your gutters need to be realigned. It could be a simple fix.
After the cleaning is done, contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation inspection of your gutters. We’ll answer any questions you may have and suggest a few ways to make keeping your gutters clean easier and less work-intensive.