Expert illustrated advice and video on how to clean rain gutters, including DIY roof gutter cleaning techniques and how to hire a gutter cleaning service.
To do their job, gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. When gutters clog, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters. Clogged gutters overflow and eventually pull loose. Water that pools in troughs will rot wood gutters and rust sheet-metal ones.
Plan to clean the gutter system every spring and fall—more often if your roof is directly beneath trees. The best time to clean gutters is after fall winds have blown leaves from the trees but before rain has made the leaves a soggy mess inside gutters.
For more, seeHow to Buy Gutter Guards & Leaf Catchers。
The easiest and safest way to clean gutters is to hire a gutter cleaning service. But how much does gutter cleaning cost?
Nationally, the average cost of having a gutter service clean gutters is about$150.这说明，整个房屋的排水沟清洁价格可能只有75美元或350美元，具体取决于该地区以及工作的程度和性质。
The cost is usually calculated by square feet or, more commonly, the linear foot. Figure the price of cleaning gutters will run from about$.50 to $1.50 per linear foot。测量房屋的周长，以大概了解您的房屋有多少线性脚。
The size and height of the roof are big factors in the price of cleaning gutters. If, for a 2- or 3-story house, a gutter cleaning company needs several very tall ladders and special safety equipment, the job is going to cost significantly more than cleaning the gutters on a single-level home. Local labor rates will also affect the price.
Gutter guards are another factor. If your gutters are protected by gutter guards, less debris is likely to filter into the gutter troughs. On the other hand, if the gutter guards are difficult to remove and replace for gutter cleaning, gutter guards can add to the price.
The only sure way to know how much cleaning the gutters on you house will cost is to get bids. Ideally, get estimates from two or three gutter cleaning services so you can compare. Our service partner, Home Advisor, can arrange free bids for you. Click this link to check them out:
If you have the necessary equipment and fortitude, DIY gutter cleaning is a money-saving option.
But only take on this task if you can work safely from a ladder or the roof. If your roof is higher than a single story, you’re probably better off hiring a gutter cleaning service pro. Landing in the hospital ER is not worth saving a couple hundred bucks.
If you must lean an extension ladder against a gutter, you can protect the gutter from bending by placing a short piece of 2 by 4 inside it. Ladder stabilizers also make it safer.
Stand on the ladder with your hips between the rails, and don’t lean out over the sides. Never stand on the top two rungs. For more safety advice, please seeLadders: The Ultimate Guide to Choice and Safe Use。
When cleaning gutters, wearheavy work gloves为了保护您的手，因为排水沟经常有锋利的金属零件或螺丝点伸入槽中。
Also wear safety glasses or goggles. In some situations, it’s helpful to have a bucket for collecting debris and a dropcloth for protecting areas beneath the gutter.
Never work on the roof in wet, icy, or windy conditions. Wear non-slip shoes, and never lean over the edge or work near power lines.
1挖出松散的碎屑。从排水沟低端的排水插座开始，使用狭窄的花园抹子或沟渠to scoop out loose debris, working away from the drain outlet.
It’s usually easiest to do this when the debris is slightly damp and pliable, not soggy or dried and encrusted. To minimize cleanup later, you can scoop the debris into a plastic bucket or plastic bags.
2Blast out the gutters with a hose.Using an开关高压喷嘴mounted at the end of a water hose, wash out each length of gutter, working toward the drain outlet.
Obviously, this can be a messy job. Do your best to avoid splattering mud all over your house and yourself. If necessary, use a stiff scrub brush to remove encrusted dirt.
3排水管清除障碍物。If water doesn’t drain freely through the drainpipes, try flushing the debris down them with a hose. If that doesn’t work, use aplumber’s auger(snake) to free and pull out the debris from the bottom or, in some situations, to push it through from the top.
The Dangerous Option
Although we do not recommend it, a method sometimes used by home handymen is to blow dry debris out of gutters with a leaf blower from the roof.除非屋顶较低且低倾斜，否则请勿使用此方法！If you use this method, wear goggles and a dust mask, andbe extremely careful when working on top of the roof—this is very dangerous!
Just to give you a view of what this is like, here is a video by Jonny DIY, a free-wheeling young guy who appears to have no fear at the roof’s edge. Again, we do not recommend this method because of the danger involved in working along a roof’s edge.
The Safer Option: Blowing from Below
A much better option than climbing onto the roof is to use a排水沟清洁kitthat fits onto to a leaf blower.
Combined with a强大的40伏叶机, this allows you to work from the ground. It works particularly well with low-level gutters filled with dry leaves.
Again, you’ll want to wear goggles and old clothes to protect yourself from the flurry of leaves and debris that could blow down on you.
Here is a helpful video by MarkThomasBuilder about how this leaf blower gutter cleaning kit works:
The slope of gutters may need to be adjusted from time to time to keep water moving toward downspouts. Run water through them, and, if they drain slowly, reposition them so that they slope toward the downspouts at a rate of 1/4 inch for every 10 feet.
Be sure your downspouts expel water well away from your house. If necessary, adddownspout extenders将水带走（见How to Fix Gutters and Downspouts). Also consider concrete orplastic splash blocks，略微倾斜，延伸至至少4英尺。
If your climate delivers abundant rainfall, you may want to have your downspouts run into a dry well. The well should be a hole 2 to 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep or a 55-gallon drum, with both ends removed and filled with rocks, that you’ve buried and punctured with holes. Underground drainage pipes should slope to the dry well, which will effectively keep water away from the house’s foundation. Check local building codes before installing.
Also check downspouts for rust, flaking, or peeling paint, plus leaks, and make sure they are affixed tightly against the fascia boards. Check the fascia boards themselves for dry rot or other damage, and, if need be, replace them with lumber treated with wood preservative that is finished to match the other boards.