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Keeping your home’s gutters and downspouts clean and clear is an incredibly tedious job most homeowners loathe. However, cleaning them out not only makes your house look nicer, but it may also prevent damage to your home’s interior. Blockage of your gutters and downspouts can cause flooding throughout both the foundation and walls and can create leaks in the roof.
Cleaning your gutters/downspouts should happen twice a year. The most opportune times to do this would be in late spring and late autumn. It is also best to inspect the gutters and downspouts for any possible damage at the same time, and repair them as soon as possible. If you live in a rainier climate or if you think there’s a problem with your gutters, cleaning them a bit more frequently would be best.
The proper supplies for cleaning a gutter are essential, so if you’re thinking about letting it go or just using a hose to rinse them out, you might want to think twice. Putting off clearing out your gutters or doing the job poorly can result in a fair amount of damage to your home that you could have easily avoided. Simply using a garden hose to clear away the clutter in your gutter can result in a bigger mess than you started with!
So, if you are going to properly clean your gutters and downspouts, rather than risk damage, plan ahead and purchase the proper tools for the job!
The best starting area would be the corners of your home, since this is where the downspouts are typically located- so grab your supplies and keep them close by. It’s best to begin with downspouts and work away from them in order to avoid pushing extra waste into them.
Place your ladder on a secure and level area set the extension ladder on a level place. Attach a garbage bag to your ladder securely. Put on your work gloves to keep from injuring your hands on sharp debris and also to keep them clean.
Start at a section of gutter closest to the downspout. Using the space, scoop out the filth and toss it in the garbage bag. If some debris remains stuck, use your hands to carefully remove it. DO NOT scrape at your gutters with the garden shovel.
After removing the bigger build up, grab your hose. Spray the gutter down in direction of the downspout. If there’s a clog, obviously you’re going to need to take care of it.
There are three options for when you run into this problem, so try them out and see which one works for you. Using the hose, spray a hard stream down the downspout in an attempt to loosen the clog. The Second option is to attempt this from the bottom of the downspout. If spraying at either end does not work, then your best bet would be to use the plumber’s snake to force the clog out.
Repeat procedure for the entirety of your home’s gutter/downspout system.
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Make sure you check for cracks, scratches and rust while clearing out the gutters, and make all repairs as immediate as possible. The longer you put off repairing them, the more your gutters are going to cost to be fixed, not to mention the damage to your home.
Because the majority of the gutter clutter is leaves and twigs, this is biodegradable and can be composted.
Have lots of fun Gutter Cleaning!
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