The nights are drawing in, the weathers on the turn and the leaves are going brown and crispy. It’s officially autumn and time to start thinking about getting your gutters ready for the changing seasons.

Great Britain is renowned for our heavy downpours, blustery winds and colourful falling leaves and this unfortunately means that the gutters of homeowners are prone to build-ups and blockages. It’s important to keep your gutters clear as they are such an integral part of your home – controlling the flow of rainwater and protecting the walls, roof, foundation and surrounding landscape.

Why should I clean my gutter? 

You’ll probably be amazed by the amount of leaves, moss and other debris that can build up over the year. Once a gutter gets clogged up, it can cause all sorts of problems such as rotting of fascia boards which make it easier for water to enter the house and cause wall and ceiling damage and blocked downpipes.

How do I clean them?

If you are confident enough to use a ladder, cleaning out your gutters should be straightforward but you can always call on a Checkatrade trader to help you if needed at To clean your gutters yourself:

Step 1: Start by cleaning the gutter near the downspout.

Step 2: Remove all debris with a trowel and put into a plastic bag or bucket.

Step 3: Flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout.

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