During the early fall, one of the great ways to involve your family in helping to maintain your house is by setting aside a day in October to clean the eavestrough with your teenagers. They might not think that cleaning up leaves and debris will be the best way to spend a Saturday, so that’s why it’s best to turn this project into a fun experience that they might even want to share with their friends on Instagram!
To get started, you’ll need a few basic items – a ladder that’s high enough to reach the eavestrough of your house, a trowel to dislodge any leaves or debris, two buckets with handles, a garden hose, and work gloves for everyone involved. If you haven’t cleaned the eavestrough in a long time, you might also consider getting thin latex gloves for everyone to wear under these work gloves – it will keep any of your teenagers from getting any yucky debris on their hands says – ref from Tip Top Eaves’s repair website
In order to make this experience as fun as possible for your kids, you might want to turn this into a competition. You might want to divide up the project into two different “zones” and see which team can complete their zone faster. Or, you might compete to see who can fill more bags and buckets full of leaves. But always remember – safety first, especially for any family members on the ladders!
Once you’ve aligned the ladder against the side of the house (being careful not to dent the eavestrough), and made sure that it’s stable, it’s time to start the clean up process. Climb the ladder with your two buckets. You should always keep one bucket empty (for the leaves and debris) and the other bucket filled with your tools.
What you’ll need to do with each section of eavestrough is the first examine how much debris seems to be in there and whether there’s any standing water in the eavestrough. (Any standing water could be a sign that there’s a blockage, and you might need to use the garden hose to flush out the downspout area.) Any loose leaves or debris you can immediately put into the empty buckets.
As these buckets fill, pass them down the ladder to your kids, who can then empty these into either a garbage bag or a biodegradable lawn and leaf bag As these bags fill, your teenagers can take them down to the curb to be picked up later. This is where the competition aspect can be used – see who can fill the biggest bags and clear them away from the fastest!
While you’re still examining the eavestrough, use the trowel to dislodge any particularly difficult debris – you never know what you’re going to find up there, so always make sure you have your work gloves on. You might find insects, bugs, tiny nests, and pine needles; there’s simply no way to know.
After you’ve cleared each section of the eavestrough, just make sure there’s no standing water. If there is, you’ll need to clean out the downspout area with a hose. This is a job your kids can do since it’s really just a matter of flushing out the area until the water comes out normally.
At the end of this project, of course, you’ll probably want to celebrate after getting cleaned up. This might just be a family pizza night! And don’t forget to hand out “prizes” to the team that cleaned up the most leaves.