Do It Yourself – Rain Gutter Cleaning Tips
Rain gutters need to be inspected at least on an annual basis. What do you look for? Look to remove any accumulation of leaves, twigs, dirt, soil/mud and other debris. Use your hand (with gloves) or a gutter scupper (this can be obtained at your local hardware store) to remove all the foreign matter.
While you are up there cleaning your gutters it would be a good time to inspect the condition of the rain gutters themselves as well as the condition of the down spouts. Look for any loose gutter spikes or loose gutter brackets and inspect the down spout straps to make sure they are secure. Be careful when you clean old, partly corroded metal rain gutters and down spouts. Don’t apply too much pressure if you have to scrape debris. You’re liable to create a new hole. Old holes can sometimes be patched with roofing cement and a repair patch.
Next, use your garden hose with a wand or nozzle to flush out any remaining soot, dust and dirt particles and run water into the down spout to insure water is exiting properly. Check the rain gutter seams for leaks. Over time the gutter seam sealant dries and starts to peel away.
Use a putty knife to remove the old sealant and with the same putty knife apply a generous amount of 100% water proof silicone sealer (make sure the gutter seam area is dry and clean) over the gutter seam. If you are having trouble getting the sealant to stick try just a small amount first and rub it with your finger on the trouble area until you get a light film to stick.