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.
- 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.
- Heavy Rubber Gloves
- Gutter Trowel.
- 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
Check the gutter for sags and cracks which might have developed over the winter.
Repair the downspouts and gutters and install gutter shield or guards.
Clean the debris from inside of the gutter and on top of guards from avoiding then from freezing and clogging.
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,