How to Clean Your Gutters

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kev e Hartlaub

Subject: hand danger

Using hands without tough leather gloves prevents cutting fingers and hands on sharp selftapping screws which secure downspouts

Ivan

Subject: Safer DIY Gutter Cleaning Method

After reviewing many methods of cleaning rain gutters over the past 30 years, I've found a Safer method of getting that chore done without having to climb up and down a dangerous ladder.
Your article is information relative to reported injuries and even deaths that have occurred from a fall from a ladder while cleaning gutters or being up on a roof!
Save your health, even your life, save money, time, and energy when you clean those gutters yourself.
How??? Check out an American made, gutter cleaning attachment tool that connects to a wet/dry vac and you can have your choice of either vacuuming all gutter debris or even blow it out of the gutters. (I highly recommend you vacuum out debris as you will not be breathing into your lungs the virus, mold, mildew, and allergens that settle inside gutters.) You can clean all areas around the premises with an attachment tool that I have found extremely useful, affordable, durable, and it is extremely safe to use as your feet stay firmly on the ground at all times. As a home inspector I have concerns for even professionals that use ladders when cleaning.
I would suggest all your readers check out the Gutter Clutter Buster products before thinking of dragging a ladder, buckets, gloves, mask, goggles, and other equipment and spending hours to clean up a job that can be done in half the time.
Save yourself some additional home repairs by keeping your rain gutters clean all year and give your home the 'curb appeal' that makes you home stand out from all the others on the block.

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Two notes #1 20 feet is going to cost you more per foot that 100 feet.  #2 All prices are relative to Your market ie Omaha is less expensive than St Lious.  Here expect to pay on the 100 foot job $5 to $6 per foot of gutter (5" aluminum) plus the $4 to $5 a foot for the downspouts and $15 to $20 for soffit and facsia covering ie vinyl soffit panels and painted or vinyl clad aluminum covering the fascia.  In the trade a soffit & fascia job. 

Jim Casper Gutter & Gutter Cover contractor in Iowa & Nebraska

ps see my website for blogs on gutters & covers

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Leaf Filter doesn't work, it makes things worse. They are terrible. We spent $3,400 and didn't have an existing problem but we thought we could avoid having our gutters cleaned every year as we have a lot of large trees.  Now the water pours over the top. Our 4' overhang over our back deck is like it's not even there, the deck is soaked to the slider. Our firewood supply under the deck which is where we've stored dry wood for 8 years, is soaked. The ground around our foundation is soaked. Every time it rains, water splashes clear to the siding. Our boots that we leave on our covered front porch are all ruined as the water pours over the top and soaks our front porch. DO NOT install these. We have requested that they remove them and refund our money. They're so bad that, even if they refuse to refund us, I want the product removed and I will eat the $3,400.
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Unless you are constructing a French Drain (dry well filled with rock or debris and no exit) style system you use a non perforated system.  Cut the plastic flush on the angle where it daylights if the slope is great enough,  If you need it river rock can be used to construct a dry riverbed type drainage ditch out from the daylighted drain.  
Old Waterproofing Contractor & Gutter Contractor
Jim Casper