How to Clean My Gutters Before April Showers

Did you know that your home’s gutter system protects your roof, walls, foundation and landscape?  When sticks, leaves and other forms of debris build up in your gutters, it can lead to sagging gutters, a leaky roof, mold growth, a wet basement and water damage to the exterior and/or interior of your home.  In addition, clogged gutters are like an open invitation to pesky rodents and other pests to make their homes there. 

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As the saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers.”  Let Best Contracting help walk you through the ins and outs of cleaning your gutters before those April showers start falling:

Required Materials:

  • Extendable Ladder – Be sure to place your ladder on a sturdy surface and have another person spotting you at the base of the ladder.
  • Gutter Scoop – A small child’s sandbox shovel, a plastic kitchen spatula or an actual gutter scoop will all do the trick of removing debris from your gutters.
  • Tarp – A large tarp should be used to protect your yard from debris and make clean up a breeze.
  • Garden hose – To easily flush out your cleaned gutters and test for leaks, use your garden hose as a last step.

Appropriate Attire – Cleaning your gutters is a messy job, so protect yourself by wearing long garments, rubber gloves underneath work gloves and sneakers or work boots that will grip well to your ladder. 


  • Weather Forecast – Allow for a few dry days leading up to your gutter cleaning.  This will let the debris dry out, making the removal much easier.

It is important to thoroughly clean out your gutters, following the above steps, at least twice a year – typically in the fall and spring.  If trees line your home, you may want to clean your gutters every three months to reduce your chances of clogged gutters.  It is a good habit to check your gutters after a bad storm as well.  It is always recommended to stay on top of your gutter maintenance to prevent costly repairs down the line.

If you find yourself not having the time, energy or desire to clean your home’s gutter system yourself, it’s time to call in trustworthy professionals to help!  

Here at Best Contracting, we offer high-quality gutter repair or replacement at affordable prices.  To start, our team will perform an expert, no-cost gutter inspection.  Next, we will offer solutions based on their current condition and your willingness to maintain your gutters throughout the year.  If you’re like many people who want to enjoy their weekends free of yardwork and chores around the house, we will recommend getting your old gutters replaced with our top of the line, seamless and no-maintenance Gutter Guard RX.  This system will ensure leak-free gutters that do not require you to manually remove leaves, sticks and other debris from them throughout the year. 

Based in Lancaster, PA, Best Contracting is known for our quality workmanship and customer satisfaction – we will treat your home like it’s our own! 

A happy customer who had Gutter Guard RX and a new roof installed by our company in 2019 left us this review on the Better Business Bureau website:  “… The crew members were respectful of our property while exhibiting a high work-rate, diligence and craftsmanship. We are thrilled with results and highly recommend Best Contracting!”  

As this review suggests, we take pride in delivering superior results in a timely, professional and neat fashion.  We offer a variety of residential services, including roofing, siding and gutter installation.  If you are ready to get a no-maintenance gutter system installed on your home, contact the best contractors of Lancaster County at (717) 283-4524 or via our website today.  We look forward to working with you soon!

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