Gutters and down spouts route the rain and debris from the roof to where it can drain away from the house. This protects the siding, windows, doors, and foundations from water damage. It also helps prevent basements from flooding.
Choose a sturdy ladder, and place it on a firm, level base. A tall stepladder can be easier to use than an extension ladder. If you must lean an extension ladder against a gutter, protect the gutter by placing a short piece of 2 by 4 inside it. Stand on the ladder with your hips between the rails, and don’t lean out over the sides. Never stand on the top two rungs.
Scoop and Drop Method
This when you scoop out the gutter contents and drop them to the ground onto a plastic tarp or drop cloth. This method is fastest and all you have to do is move the plastic tarp along with you as you move the ladder. When it gets full, just dump the leaves into your compost or trash bag.
This method is fairly common and involves taking a plastic bucket with a metal handle, cutting the handle in two at the center. Then bend the ends of the handle halves into hook shapes that you then hook onto the edge of the gutter. You simply scoop out the gutter and empty it into the bucket. Be ready to do a lot of up and down on the ladder though with this method since that bucket gets filled up quickly.
When you have dry gutter contents a better way to clean out and collect the dried leaves and sticks is what is called the gutter bag method. You take a plastic bucket and fasten the handles similar to what we did in the gutter bucket method in the previous section. But here, you will cut off the bottom of the bucket creating a bottomless bucket.
If the clog persists you'll have to clear it. Remove the hose and manually clear the clog using a plumbing snake. Feed the snake from the top of the downspout until it hits the obstruction which is usually at the point of a curve. · Once you think you have it cleared, test for flow with a hose.
Once a gutter section is rinsed clear, repeat the entire process in this tutorial on the next gutter section proceeding around the house