3. Get a narrow garden trowel or hand spade - This is used for scooping out the leaves and debris. 4. Large garbage bags - You can tie the garbage bag on the ladder. This is where you will be putting the debris. 5. A garden hose with a spray attachment - Make sure that you have enough water pressure. 6. Bring a gutter sealant - This is used to repair any cracks in the gutter. 7. A plumber's snake - You will be using this if your downspout is clogged. Now that you have your materials. Do this step-by-step cleaning instructions. First, start cleaning at the area near the downspout. Then, scoop out leaves and debris using the narrow garden trowel. Throw the debris in the garbage bag. If there is a solid or caked dirt, wet it down before scooping. When the garbage bag is full, securely tie it then just drop it below. Second, upon removing all the leaves and debris, clean the gutter with the garden hose. Spray the gutter until no debris can be seen. This is the best time to check if the downspout is clogged. If it is, hose down the downspout to clear any stuck debris. If it doesn't work, use a plumber's snake to loosen and remove the debris out.
Third, when hosing the gutter, check for any cracks because water can leak through it. Use the sealant to repair it. Also, check for any loose screws or see if the gutter is hanging properly. If not, repair it immediately. If you don't have time to clean the gutters yourselves, you can call a cleaning company that can do it. For more info, visit How To Clean Gutters.