Rain gutter cleaning is one of the things you just have to do if you are a homeowner. Clean gutters make sure the rainwater does not damage you roof, walls, windows or foundation, so getting the job done at least once a year is absolutely essential. Failing to do so, could cause irreparable damage to your home, and ruin you health with respiratory problems caused by mold spores in the indoor climate. Not something you want to risk, I assume?

Best to get to work then, yes? Before you do anything else, take a walk around the house and do a little inspection. You are looking for signs that the rain guttering is either damaged or in perfect working order. Signs of defects include spots of moisture on the walls days after rainfall, algae growth or even visible fungus growth on walls - especially right below the roof overhang. Even if everything checks out ok, you still want to get out the ladder and take a look from above. Now that you can see the guttering from above, you want to look for leaks (a good things to do right after rainfall), loose brackets and so on. This is also a good time to spot a loose roof shingle and such. Standing on ladders is never fun, and potentially dangerous; so you may as well get the most from the experience. If all looks ok, you can proceed to the actual cleaning. This is best with a gutter cleaning tool known sometimes as a gutter scoop - but a small shovel or large spoon will also do. You could do it with your hands,I suppose - but you might want to wear gloves then. Just remove all the muck, twigs, leaves, birds nests, etc. It would be handy to bring a bucket up there with you, so you don't have to pick the dirt up from the ground when you're done. Cleaning the horizontal part of the gutter is easy enough, so make dure you do a good job of it. The downpipe will perhaps need cleaning too, but this might be more difficult. Take a good look down through it. If you see twigs, leaves and such; try poking at it with a broomstick, plastic pipe or the like. Don't pound too hard on the pipe itself; if the dirt doesn't move from light prodding, then doing it harder might only cause to get stuck even worse. Try using as thin a rod or stick as you can find, in order to loosen the dirt a little at a time. That way you avoid compressing it all into a hard ball.

There is not much more to gutter cleaning than that, so no excuse not to either do it yourself or hire someone. If you don't do it, you will probably regret it at some point in the not-so-distant future.