After a long, harsh winter, it’s time to do a spring roof inspection, along with cleaning out your gutter. If your area saw a lot of snow, wind or more, you want to make sure to check that your roof is in working condition, then begin cleaning your gutters. Build-up during winter can cause issues once the snow and ice thaws, causing leaking issues for your roof as well. Here’s our tips and tricks for a thorough spring gutter cleaning.

A Spring Gutter Cleaning Guide

Make sure you have a ladder handy. You’ll want gloves, safety goggles potentially and any tools you’ll use to clean out your gutters on a utility belt. Once ready, you’ll want to make sure you place the ladder on a flat surface and climb up to begin getting started.

The first step is to inspect your gutters and look at where the build-up is the worst. These are the areas you’ll clean first. If you have any sort of standing water, you want to angle the gutter if possible to get it to overflow and spill out before cleaning out what’s left behind. If any downspouts are clogged up, you’ll want to use an auger or snake to clear it out. Make sure to check all fasteners, nails and more to ensure they’re in properly and securely.

From there, you can begin using your hands to pull out and empty your gutters. You want to ensure that you’re not plugging up your downspouts again by simply pushing everything into it in the hopes it flows out. After sitting up there all winter, build-up can be sticky, congealed and cause more issues than you can imagine if you try and push it through a downspout. You have to do it by hand, as long and frustrating as it may be.

If you’ve never cleaned your gutters by yourself before, you may keep up on it much more after that first spring cleaning you give them.