Home Inspection Tech Tips: How To Clean Your Rain Gutters

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Home Inspection Tech Tips: How To Clean Your Rain Gutters-  Roofs cover a lot of square footage which means they catch a lot of rain water. If all that water is allowed to run off the edge of the roof, it could cause some serious problems for the home and it's foundation. Rain gutters should be mounted at the edge of all downward sloping roofs to catch all that water and move it away from the foundation. 

 

 

Unfortunately, gutters also catch a lot of leaves and debris. An annual cleaning is all it takes to keep this important system working properly. Although rain gutters near trees may have to be cleaned twice a year. Cleaning rain gutters requires working either on a ladder or from the roof. If you are not comfortable doing this, or have a two story home, you should hire a professional.

 

 

Three methods for cleaning rain gutters are: 

1. Scoop out the debris: If you choose to scoop out the gutters, you can buy a special scoop designed to fit inside a rain gutter. It is much easier than using your hands or a small garden shovel that doesn't quite fit. To keep the mess to a minimum, you can scoop into a bucket hung from your ladder.

 

2. Blow out the debris: If your roof has minimal pitch and you feel comfortable doing so, you can use a leaf blower from the roof to effectively clear the gutters of debris. This method will make quite a mess on the ground below, and you should wear a dust mask and goggles to protect yourself from flying debris.

 

3. Hose out the debris: I recommend using a hose with a pressure nozzle that you can turn on and off at the usage end. Wash out the gutters and make sure the downspouts are clear as well. If a downspout is clogged, you can use the hose (with the nozzle removed to avoid getting it stuck) by slipping the hose down the spout until you push out the clog.

 

 

Home Inspection Tech Tips: How To Clean Your Rain Gutters-  Steve Stenros- First Choice Inspections is a CREIA-certified inspector with the MCI designation. He is available for home inspection appointments in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside counties in southern California by calling 888-335-3040. Clients receive our free bi-weekly tech tips upon request.



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Rainmaker
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
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This job should be done by Mike Rowe on dirty jobs show. It's disgusting. Good post. 

Jul 06, 2011 06:34 PM #2
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
CREIA MCI, ICC, ACI Home Inspector,San Diego

I'm amazed the developers here in southern CA are not required to install rain gutters, Lynn. Moisture intrusion issues are the #1 problem in my reports! Bad citizens indeed!

Jul 06, 2011 07:13 PM #3
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Steve Stenros
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Scott: I agree! It is a disgusting job!

Jul 06, 2011 07:14 PM #4
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Dan Edward Phillips
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Good Morning Steve, another excellent post for home owners.  A great post to re-blog.  As always thank you for all the effort you put into them.

Jul 06, 2011 11:42 PM #5
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
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Thanks for your comment, Dan! Appreciate the re-blog!

Jul 07, 2011 03:32 AM #6
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Robert Butler
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Too many people think the leaves just wash away in the next rain. They don't. They just sit there and compost and turn into sludge.

Jul 07, 2011 04:43 AM #7
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
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Robert: That's right. We've both seen plenty of gutters filled with sludge!

Jul 07, 2011 07:31 AM #8
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Patricia Feager
DFW FINE PROPERTIES - Southlake, TX
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Steve,

Perfect timing! I need to clean my gutters again and I usually use the garden shovel that I use to plant my flowers, so I'll check the hardware store for that scoop that is designed to clean gutters. The hardest part for me is that I'm not tall enough to see what I'm scooping out so it becomes quite a challenge. I can't hire someone; otherwise I would. These are great tips!

Jul 07, 2011 05:49 PM #9
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Steve Stenros
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Joy! Joy! It's gutter cleaning time, Patricia! The special scoop should make it much easier for you! Have fun!

Jul 07, 2011 06:09 PM #10
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Steve Hall
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Steve - A great reminder that some homeowners simply don't think about.  After cleaning the gutters, it would be a good idea to install rain barrels and use that (infrequent) rainwater for the garden.

Jul 08, 2011 05:19 AM #11
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Jane Peters
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This is a great idea.  Giving homeowners tips like this.  They are going to be waiting for many more.

Jul 08, 2011 04:58 PM #12
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
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Steve: That's a great use of the run-off!

Jane: I'm glad you like them. I'll have more coming!

Jul 08, 2011 08:33 PM #13
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Steve:  I have had many home inspections where the inspector calls this out...and it's something that most people forget about!

Jul 09, 2011 01:45 PM #14
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Steve Stenros
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Jane: Yes! Out of sight, out of mind!

Jul 09, 2011 07:47 PM #15
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Toni Weidman
Sailwinds Realty - Trinity, FL
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Steve - thanks for the scoop on the scoop. I didn't know you could buy a special scoop for gutters. Hmmm, too bad Father's Day is gone :)

Jul 10, 2011 03:18 AM #16
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Steve Stenros
Poway,La Jolla,Del Mar,Mira Mesa,Carlsbad,Escondido,Temecula - San Diego, CA
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Toni: He'll love you for it!

Jul 10, 2011 07:39 AM #17
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Trang Beuschlein
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Steve, we need to clean ours but our husband does it.  I'll send him a link to this blog so he can get some good tips!

Jul 13, 2011 07:36 AM #18
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Steve Stenros
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What?! My wife does ours, Trang! :)

Jul 13, 2011 01:31 PM #19
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Howard and Susan Meyers
The Hudson Company Winnetka and North Shore - Winnetka, IL

Thanks Steve.  This is particularly important in our midwestern environment where clogged gutters can lead to icy gutter build-ups during the winter. 

Aug 22, 2011 01:50 AM #20
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Steve Stenros
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Howard & Susan: And those gutters get mighty heavy when they're full of ice!

Aug 22, 2011 02:59 AM #21
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