Ladders, leaf blowers and dirt. What’s not to love about gutter cleaning?

Making sure the gutters are clear and working properly is important. And a good excuse to pull out some fun toys.

Up (above the gutter)
Ladder placement: on level ground at a 75° angle. That’s about a 4:1 ratio of height vs. distance to the wall. Trust us on this.

In (at gutter level)
Got a light leaf blower? Let ‘er rip. If not, grab your ick-blocking gloves and pick out the big stuff by hand. A bucket up high will make cleanup down below easier.

Down (move gutter wand up and place this copy nearby)
It’s wand time. Hook up your hose and spray away. Which end you begin at depends on how much gunk is in there. A lot? Start at the downspout and move out from there.

Downspouts clogged? If the wand doesn’t clear it, a plumbing snake will. Pay special attention to the curves. That’s where junk collects.

Guide (near splashblock)
Ok, the water’s flowing again. Keep it going with extensions and splashblocks so it exits 4-6 feet from your house. That’ll keep the foundation dry.

Block (near gutter insert)
Gutter cleaning’s a blast, right? But you might want to do it faster next time. So install inserts or guards in those squeaky-clean gutters. Just be sure to choose for your climate and types of trees.


Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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