Most people would agree that on average, you should clean out your gutters once every year. If you live in an area that is surrounded by trees, you may have to clean your gutters out twice in the fall and once in the spring. You may also need to take the time to clean your roof off in the late fall to prevent the leaves from building up and damaging your shingles. If you take proper care of your roof and do gutter cleaning on a regular basis, this will help you to maintain your roof and gutters, and you will have less chance of them leaking.
In order to properly care for your gutters, it is really mandatory that you have the right kind of gutter cleaning tools. The number one rule when you are cleaning your gutters, is your own personal safety. If you do not feel comfortable with heights or you are accident prone, do not be afraid to hire someone else to come and clean your gutters out for you. Typically this only costs about 100 to $150 for the average size roof. The best tool to have when you are cleaning out gutters on uneven ground, is an adjustable ladder. This type of ladder can be stable even if the ground is not, because the legs on either side of the ladder can be adjusted to fit the type of terrain the ladder is standing on. Another tool that will really help you out, is a safety line and roofing harness . This is especially useful for cleaning out second tiers on your roof. Also it is good for cleaning the debris off your roof when you have to get up on the roof to clean them. It is important that you do this prior to cleaning your gutters, or you will just have to clean them out again the next time that it rains. Another useful tool that you can use when you are cleaning your gutters out is a gutter rake. I love using this tool because it really makes my job easier. It limits the number of times that I will need to go up and down on a ladder. It allows me to reach up to 12 feet on either side. I can also avoid going to dangerous corners, because I can reach them with my rake. I have two gutter cleaning rakes. One on a 12 foot extension pole and one on a 16 foot extension pole. Another way to clean out your gutters is with a hand blower. Make sure that you are incurred well into the roof before you try it. Then walk along the surface, and blow out all the debris down below. Even including the time it will take you to break up the mess, this is still one of the quickest ways in which you can clean out your gutters, and it is also one of the most thrilling ways to do it.