Posted on: 17 August 2016
Neglecting your gutters can cause clogging that could lead to overflowing water damaging your home's foundation and flooding your basement. Regular cleaning can help remove any obstructions in the gutters, allowing water to flow freely down your downspouts and get disposed of safely. However, gutter cleaning can be a tricky task, which is why you need to follow the steps below so as to do it right.
Get the right gear
In order to be safe and effective when cleaning your gutters, you need to wear protective clothing such as goggles, heavy-duty gloves, rubber-soled shoes, and a dust mask. This gear will help protect your eyes and face from dust and pests and prevent you from getting injured by sharp debris or loose nails along the gutters. Next, you need to get a ladder, ladder stabilizer, and harness to prevent you from falling off in case you slip.
To remove leaves, twigs, and other debris, you will need a small garden trowel or a gutter scoop. Remember to also carry a small bag in which to place debris you remove from the gutters. Finally, get a garden hose with a nozzle attachment to help dislodge clogs along the gutters.
Follow proper cleaning procedures
Cleaning your gutters properly will need careful planning and implementation. You first need to wait for a few consecutive dry days so as to give leaves and other debris in the gutters time to dry out. This way, the debris won't be too heavy and will be easier to scoop out. Dry conditions are also safe, as your ladder would probably slide on a wet surface.
Next, use your gutter scoop to remove debris from the gutters, starting from the low end and working your way up. Remember not to lean on the gutters so as not to damage them. You should also avoid overstretching your reach and work in small sections at a time so as to prevent falling over. Finally, avoid dropping debris to the ground, as it can splash your siding and leave an unsightly mess.
Test and repair
Once your gutters are clear of debris, you need to hose them down so as to remove any clogs and ensure that water is diverted all the way down and away from your foundation. If there are any clogs in the downspouts, an auger could help dislodge them.
Finally, inspect the gutters for misalignment issues, missing hangers, leaking seams, and rotting fascia boards. These problems need to be fixed by a roofer in time before they cause serious roof and foundation damage.
Contact a company such as Darnell Construction if you would like help with roof-related tasks.Share