How to Clean Gutters & Downspouts

Many homeowners are currently taking some time to complete seasonal home improvement activities. As a nationwide leader in quality inspection services, The BrickKicker is here to help! Here at The BrickKicker, it is our profession and our personal interest to help our clients become more informed. Whether you’re buying, selling, or currently owning property, knowing about gutter maintenance is important. Explore this guide on how to clean downspouts and gutters quickly and efficiently, compliments of The BrickKicker.

Cleaning Gutters and Downspouts is Easy

Many homeowners are interested in learning how to clean gutters. Wondering how to clean gutters from the ground without access to heavy equipment? Cleaning gutters is actually a perfect beginner home improvement task. Simple household tools are required for the job, including a ladder, hose, and a trowel or scoop. Depending on your skill level, the time required will vary. It is recommended that you set aside two to four hours to complete the task.

How to Properly Clean Gutters and Downspouts

If you’re wondering how to clean gutters from the ground, the process is simple! Consider completing the task in early spring, ahead of the heavy-rain seasons. It is recommended that you also repeat the process in early fall to clear out leaves. Check out our step by step guide on how to clean downspouts and gutters below:

  • – Select a dry-weather day, following a few days of sunny weather conditions
  • – Place a step ladder on solid, level ground
  • – Put on latex gloves with work gloves on top of them
  • – Hook two buckets to your ladder, one for tools and one for debris
  • – Begin clearing debris
  • – Afterward, flush the gutter with hose water
  • – Check the downspouts for any lodged debris by forcefully spraying water down the spout
Man Powerwashing Gutter

Gutter Cleaning Frequency

So, how often should you clean your gutters? For starters, consider the climate where you live and how many trees are located on your property and near your gutters. The more often leaves and other tree debris fall into your gutters, the more often you’ll need to clean them out. As a rule of thumb, it is recommended that you complete this process twice a year, especially before the winter season.

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The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox