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How Long Does It Take to Clean Gutters?

January 9, 2024
Angela Stringfellow
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4 minutes

Picture the scene: it’s a beautiful spring or fall Saturday, and you’re looking forward to enjoying your day off. All you need to do first is clean out your gutters.

But how long does it take to clean gutters? Is this a relatively quick chore, or is it going to take all day?

We totally understand your concern. Nobody wants to spend an entire day doing mucky, messy home maintenance. Unfortunately, if you aren’t using gutter guards, it’s not an option—at least if you want to avoid clogged gutters and the resulting water damage to your home.

The good news is that there are ways to speed up the process. Are you ready to figure out how to get this task finished so you can go about your day? Keep reading!

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Factors Affecting the Time It Takes to Clean Out Your Gutters

So, how long does it take to clean out your gutters? It depends. One person might be able to clean out well-maintained gutters on their small home in less than an hour. However, someone with a large home or gutters that have accumulated a lot of debris will likely spend the better part of the afternoon scooping gook out of their gutters.

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that impact how long this task will take.

The first is the length of your gutters and where they’re located. If you have a small, single-story home, you’ll be able to get the chore accomplished in substantially less time than a neighbor with a large, two- or three-story home.

It’s not only the physical cleaning-out process that takes time; it also depends on whether you need to set up a ladder and how much you’ll need to climb up and down. (We recommend exploring ways to clean out your gutters without a ladder to avoid ladder safety risks.)

The condition of your gutters makes a difference. If you’ve been maintaining them regularly two or three times a year and they’re relatively cleaned out, the job will take less time than if they haven’t been cleaned out in a few years and they’re full of debris.

The trees in your area will also impact how long it takes to clean out your gutters. If your lot or the lots near you are heavily wooded, you’ll likely have leaves, pine needles, and bird droppings inside your gutters.

If you live in a desert area or you simply don’t have trees in the immediate vicinity, there’s less debris to accumulate inside your gutters and therefore, less to clean out.

Finally, your experience and the tools you have can make a big difference. If this is your first time cleaning out gutters, it will understandably take you much longer than if you’ve done this before. Also, if you’re trying to get the job done with minimal tools and equipment, you probably won’t be as quick as someone who has the correct tools at their disposal.

How to Clean Out Your Gutters More Efficiently

Whether you’re realizing that this will probably take much longer than anticipated, or you’re sighing in relief that it probably won’t take long at all, there are some ways you can clean out your gutters more efficiently so you can get on with the rest of your day.

Here are some of our best tips for cleaning out your gutters faster:

  • Prioritize safety. We get it; it seems like taking the time to check all safety precautions will only slow you down, but this is better than having a fall that could hurt your head and your wallet. So, make sure your ladder is stable (or, better yet, read up on how to clean gutters without a ladder), put on your non-skid shoes, and ensure you have a place to dump those slippery leaves so you don’t step on them and fall.
  • Buy, borrow, or rent the appropriate tools. Attempting to rinse out your gutters with nothing more than a garden hose is going to lengthen the amount of time the chore will take. Instead, get your hands on a pressure washer or leaf blower, or consider using a gutter scoop or some other tool to make the job easier (and faster).
  • Do it regularly. If your gutters are overflowing right now, this isn’t a tip that will help you today, but it will definitely help you in the future. Make sure you’re cleaning out your gutters as often as you need to, depending on how much debris accumulates inside them.
  • Consider hiring a professional. Finally, if you aren’t confident in your ability to clean out your gutters on your own or if you simply want to save time, you always have the option of hiring professional gutter cleaners. They’ll be able to get the job done faster, if only because they have both the experience and the tools needed.

Final Thoughts

Cleaning out your gutters is not a chore that everyone looks forward to. Fortunately, if the mere thought of it fills you with aggravation or stress, there’s a simple and convenient solution. LeafFilter’s gutter guard system guarantees your gutters will remain clog-free thanks to our award-winning technology.

To date, over 1.5 million customers have trusted LeafFilter gutter guards to keep their gutters clog-free and avoid potential water damage from clogged gutters. We’re confident our patented gutter protection system can keep your gutters clog-free, too. In fact, to show how much we believe in the effectiveness of our gutter guards, we’ll even stand behind it with a limited lifetime transferable warranty.

Call us today at 1-844-670-2187 to learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should gutters be cleaned?

The general rule of thumb is to clean out your gutters twice yearly, once in the late fall and once in the spring. However, there are a few factors that go into this, so be sure to check out our article on how often to clean out gutters for more information.

How do I know if my gutters need cleaning?

Some of the signs it’s time to clean out your gutters include noticeable debris build-up, sagging or broken gutters, plants growing out of the gutters, and water leaking down into your siding, yard, or around the foundation.

Is there an alternative to cleaning out my gutters?

Absolutely. Our LeafFilter gutter guards are a proven solution to clogged gutters. They do need to be brushed off occasionally, but they significantly reduce the need to clean out your gutters. We also offer a clog-free guarantee. If you’re sick of spending hours cleaning out your gutters, LeafFilter is an excellent solution, and it will save you both time and maintenance costs.