Over the course of the winter, if gutters are clogged it can result in ice damming and roof leaks can develop. Ice will start to fill up the gutters and start to form on the slope of the roof. The ice will start forming in between the layers of the roof and back up into your roofing system. The heat from your home will cause this ice to melt and it will leak into your house. If your house is surrounding by trees, you should clean your gutters on a more frequent basis.
Although there are numerous innovative tools that are available for cleaning gutters, there is always the standard practice that works just fine. You need a hose, ladder, gloves bag, and a scoop or garden trowel. Most houses should be cleaned two times per year, in May and then again in October. Gutter cleaning is potentially dangerous and needs to be done by a capable individual.
When you are cleaning your gutters, it is critical to wear gloves and to make sure that your ladder is secure at all times. A stand-off or ladder stabilizer can be used in order to prevent damage and dents to the siding and gutters.
Start at the downspout with your hose and trowel and make sure the downspout is completely free of debris. If your downspout is clogged up, you might need to disassemble and clean it. Scoop out the debris and dispose of it in your bag. Then rinse the trough until it is clean. Check for leaks while you are rinsing out the trough.