Many people enjoy the process of spring cleaning. It goes along with the general feeling of spring, in that it’s a time of renewed energy, and gives you the peace of mind that comes from removing clutter, and reorganizing your life. Unfortunately, there are some parts of spring cleaning that are simply not fun, and one of the more loathsome tasks is that of cleaning your gutters.
You can make this task a little more tolerable using a gutter scoop. Moreover, if you’re the crafty type, you can learn how to make a gutter scoop, and do it yourself. With gutter scoop in hand, you can make quick work of cleaning your gutters without getting nearly as filthy as you would without it. You’re also going to want a good pair of work gloves, or rubber gloves to avoid getting the smell of decaying leaves worked into your hands and under your fingernails.
Using a sturdy ladder to reach your gutters, start at the end closest to the downspout. Though the downspout should have some sort of wire filter over it, this will help you avoid unnecessarily pushing debris into the spout. Gutter scoops come in multiple sizes, so make sure you get one that is closest to the width of your gutters; now, simply scoop the leaves (again in the direction away from the spout) and dump them. You should have a container handy, to dump these leaves into, to make cleanup easier. You could just dump the leaves onto the lawn, but that could be a pain to clean up, and looks like garbage if you just leave it there. An easy solution is to spread out a large plastic tarp on the ground upon which you can drop your scoopings. You can also leave the container on the ground. Sure, you’ll have to climb up and down your ladder many times, but you can always write that off as extra exercise.
That’s all there is to cleaning your gutters, it’s an easy but often messy task. Now, with your gutters clean, you can get started on your next spring project. One thing to note is that you may not want to use this material for composting. If you have asphalt shingles, it could contain chemicals that have leeched out and soaked into the debris you just removed. If you do decide to compost it, you may want to at least make certain that you are not using the resulting compost on any plants that will be providing food for you and your family.