5 Gutter Cleaning Tips

Best Pest Control at Lake of the Ozarks does so much more than get rid of bugs! We also offer gutter cleaning and repair! A home with gutter damage can often lead to much larger problems if the gutters aren't fixed swiftly. Water that would normally drain through the gutter system simply flows down the house and sits against the foundation and dirt, creating some serious problems. At the best gutter repair company at Lake of the Ozarks, we can prevent that from happening! Check out some tips we've put together to show you what it takes to properly clean the gutters around your home.


Tip 1: Use A Proper Ladder
Ladders are an excellent tool to have around the house, but the more compact they get, the less stable and safe they become. Companies that clean gutters often have ladders that not only extend, but also have "horns", special legs on the top to extend out and give the ladder more stability. These horns also help keep the ladder off of the guttering and prevent additional damage.

Tip 2: Get the Right Tools
If a gutter system is blocked up, you're going to need a few things to get all of that gunk out. You should wear long sleeves, and use eye protection; one can never be too careful when removing old rotting leaves and various droppings from the gutter. Next, make sure there is something to shovel that mess out of the gutter, like a small plastic shovel or a scoop.

Tip 3: Use a Hose
A hose with an adjustable pressure head will help finish up the gutter cleaning. Use the high pressure water to blast the remaining junk through the downspout and make sure that it isn't clogged as well. Once all of the debris has been removed from the roof, and the gutter systems, continue to run water through the guttering to inspect for leaks.

Tip 4: Consider Gutter Guards
Gutter guards can be used in an attempt to prevent debris from entering the system, but allow water to flow free. There are several types, from nylon mesh, to spikes that stick up from the gutter. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, but they all serve the same purpose. Choose whichever one fits your home and your budget.

Tip 5: Call on a Professional
This is a project that many homeowners can accomplish on their own, provided they have access to a ladder and don't mind a few hours of weekend work. But the roof, and a ladder for that matter, are dangerous. It really is a project for a professional gutter cleaning service. At Best Pest Control, we can clean those gutters, and remove all the debris before it becomes a playground for pests. Otherwise, you'd have to call in the Lake of the Ozarks Best Pest Control Company to get rid of them!

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