How to Clean High Gutters

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High gutters help during a rainstorm by gathering and draining water away from your roof and high parts of your house. They can often get clogged with dirt and leaves, making them back up, spill over and fail to fulfill their purpose. Cleaning the high gutters can be done in a number of ways; one of the easiest and quickest is to use a high-pressure hose extension after some quick leaf removal.

Things You'll Need

  • High ladder
  • Gloves
  • Garden trowel
  • Stiff brush
  • High-pressure hose attachment
  • Hose
  • Climb onto your roof with the help of a high ladder. Wear non-slip shoes and exercise caution in order not to fall, or if the roof is steep or the gutters are not easily accessible from the roof, work from the ladder. Stabilize the ladder carefully, and do not stand on the top rungs. Put on a pair of protective gloves.

  • Scoop any large clumps of leaves or debris from the gutters and discard them, using a garden trowel and a stiff brush when necessary. Work your way down the length of the gutter, clearing the gutter in sections until most of the leaves are gone.

  • Climb down from the roof and attach a high-pressure extension to your hose. Turn the hose on and stop the flow by twisting the extension clockwise. Climb back up the ladder, positioning yourself at the end of the high gutter.

  • Start the flow of water by turning the extension on the hose counterclockwise. Use the power of the high-pressure flow to rinse out all remaining dirt and debris from the gutters.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to use a plumber's snake to clean debris out of drainpipes.

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