Guide to Year : Round Safe Gutter Maintenance & Repair

Guide to Year : Round Safe Gutter Maintenance & Repair

May 16, 2019

Cleaning your gutters is important responsibility homeowner often ignore. While gutters help I diverting water and saving your property from water damage, chocked gutters can redirect the water to your house and damage your property.

How to Clean Your Gutters Safely

  • Remove gutter covers and place them on the roof.
  • Use a trowel for removing leaves, twigs and other forms of debris and scrape out any hardened sediment on the bottom.
  • Use a hose to rinse the gutter
  • Ensure that the downspout is clear of any form of blockage and no debris has lodged.

Safety First

  • Use a ladder.
  • Use the right type of ladder to clean the gutter.
  • Ensure that the base of the ladder is adequately far from the house.
  • Bottom of the ladder needs to be stabilized.
  • Use both sides of the rail while climbing up and down the ladder.
  • Always keep a hand on the ladder at all times.

Tools

  • Heavy Rubber Gloves
  • Gutter Trowel.
  • Ladder.
  • Hose
  • Garbage bags.
  • Putty Knife.

7 Steps to Perfectly Clean Gutters

  • Position the ladder at the right angle and ensure it is stable.
  • Place your gloves and other tools in a bucket when climbing up the ladder.
  • Remove the covers of your gutters and place them on the roof.
  • Remove the loose debris and place them in a trash bag.
  • Scrape out the sediment from the bottom using a putty knife.
  • Take all the debris to the bottom and rinse the gutter with a hose.
  • Ensure that downspout is not chocked or blocked.

Top 3 Common Gutter Repairs You Can Do Yourself

  • Sagging Gutters
  • Leaking Gutter End Caps
  • Loose Downspouts

Gutter Maintenance by Season

  • Spring

Check the gutter for sags and cracks which might have developed over the winter.

  • Summer

Repair the downspouts and gutters and install gutter shield or guards.

  • Fall

Clean the debris from inside of the gutter and on top of guards from avoiding then from freezing and clogging.

  • Winter

Monitor for ice damming and clear them immediately. Icicles hanging from the gutters may be signs of heat escaping from the house.

Contact Beck Roofing & Restoration in case you are unable to clean and maintain your gutters and require professional services,