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How To Install Gutters:

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Here’s a basic list of necessary tools to get you started:
– A Sturdy Ladder – Gutter Sealant/ Caulking Gun
– Measuring Tape – Hand Riveter with Rivets
– Wood Screws – Gutter Brackets
– Drill motor – Tin Snips, Permanent Markers

Replacing your gutters can seem like a big job, and a little scary if you’ve never done it before. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. First, find a helper. You should never take on a project like this alone.
  2. Plan your project. How many walls need gutter? What lengths? How many corners?
  3. Research gutter types and set a budget. There are several gutter types, so do the research.
  4. Gather your tools. Be sure that you have everything you need before you begin. (See List on Left)
  5. Fascia and soffits will need to be checked for rot, paint peel, etc. and prepared for install
  6. Slope your gutter slightly toward the down spout to allow maximum drainage.
  7. Move slow and steady, be sure to measure twice before cutting, and be careful.

How To Clean Gutters:

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Cleaning your gutters isn’t the most fun thing you’ll do all day, but it is one of the most important. Here’s a few tips to get the job done:

  1. Don’t clean gutters by yourself. Always have a buddy for safety.
  2. Be sure your ladder is sturdy and secure. Your buddy can hold the ladder for added security.
  3. Remove debris from the rooftop with a broom or blower.
  4. Wear the proper, rubber soled footwear on the roof.
  5. Wear gloves, safety glasses, and a face covering if necessary.
  6. Use a small gardening shovel or gutter trowel to remove gutter debris.
  7. Clear the downspouts by sending a small dowel or sturdy wire down the pipe.
  8. Use a garden hose to rinse smaller particles down the spout to be sure water is able to flow freely.

Not Comfortable Doing it Yourself ?

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Gutter guards for your home come in many different materials, applications and costs. We have outlined a few for you to consider before committing to a purchase.


As their name suggests, these gutter guards have bristles that make them resemble giant pipe or bottle cleaners. The gutter guards sit in the gutters and the bristles keep leaves and other debris from reaching the bottom of the gutters where water flows through. The key advantage of brush gutter guards is that they can be installed easily, so you may not need professional help unless you choose to ask for that help.

However, experts warn that brush gutter guards cannot necessarily keep all debris out since smaller items can get through to the bottom of the gutters and cause a clog.


This type of gutter guard consists of pieces of foam that are placed inside the gutters. These guards block debris from accumulating in the gutters while allowing water to flow through.

Key Benefits:

  • Inexpensive
  • Doesn’t require professional installation


  • Trees and other seedlings can grow within the foam
  • Clogs easily form within the foam itself
  • Presents a potential increased fire risk
  • Difficult maintainance since you have to take them down in order to clean the gutters
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The design of these gutters allows them push debris down while allowing water to flow through the gutter system. One major advantage of these is that it carries some form of warranty since they are mainly installed by professionals. Additionally, they are far better than brush and foam guards.


  • can lift the shingles on the roof of your house, which could void the warranty on the roof system
  • Gutter guards are extremely visible from a distance
  • Some suppliers may make them buy new gutters to go with the gutter guards
  • Pests can nest inside these gutter guards


Another option is to buy screens with large holes and install them to your gutters, either professionally or on your own. Screens are another affordable option for people looking to buy gutter guards. However, screens only prevent the larger pieces of debris, like big leaves, from entering the gutter. This means that the gutter could still get clogged fairly quickly from smaller debris. Also, storms and windy conditions can blow screens off the gutters. Plumbers in Sacramento, therefore, only let customers buy this type of gutter guard once they are fully aware of the maintenance requirements.


This type of gutter guard has tiny holes that are not visible to the naked eye. These stainless steel guards are very durable and provide the best clog protection for gutters. Most even come with a warranty and will have to be installed professionally. Micro-mesh gutter guards are on the pricier end of the spectrum and you must take time to make sure you are selecting the best quality guards from amongst the many available on the market. Ask a Sacramento plumber for help if you aren’t certain about making the best decision on your own.