How to clean gutters from the ground

Updated April 17, 2017

Cleaning gutters from the ground requires special equipment and care. Without the right equipment, you will never get your gutters clean, which can lead rain run-off to overflow your gutters and wash away soil around your foundation. Without the right care, you could damage your gutters or downspouts. Correctly cleaning your gutters from the ground ensures you don't have to eventually climb a ladder and risk falling. Maintaining your gutters might sound daunting, but you can accomplish it safely from the ground.

Check to ensure that the dimensions of your gutter match the width of your curved gutter cleaner. Make sure you have a cleaner wide enough to collect all of the large debris without getting jammed in the gutter.

Put on waterproof gloves and safety glasses to protect yourself from falling leaves and debris.

Fasten the attachment pole to the curved gutter cleaner.

Angle the pole at 45 degrees so that you do not stand directly beneath the gutter cleaner. Insert the gutter cleaner attachment above the downspout.

Move the attachment in a sweeping motion from the downspout toward the opposite end of the gutter. Removing as much debris from the downspout edge will help to prevent the downspout from clogging.

Rinse the gutters with the garden hose, starting the hose at the opposite end of the gutter from the downspout. Continue running the water through the gutter until the water coming from the downspout runs clean. If the downspout clogs, clear the debris from the ground upward using the garden hose.

Collect fallen debris and leaves from the yard using the bucket. Focus on the areas surrounding the downspout, as improper collection of debris may cause this area to flood in heavy rain.

Things You'll Need

  • Curved gutter cleaner
  • Attachment pole
  • Garden hose
  • Waterproof gloves
  • Safety glasses
  • Two buckets
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Randal Thomas has been completing woodworking, gardening and DIY projects for over a quarter-century. A writer of career-related articles since 2003, Thomas received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Central Missouri. He has over 10 years in printing and publishing and is currently working on several independent writing projects.