Gutter Cleaning: What You Need To Know

For gutters and downspout to properly function they must be free from leaves and debris. Failure to do so, rainwater will fill the gutters, overflow and eventually pull the gutters loose. Standing water on the gutters will rot the wood or if they are made out of sheet metal it will rust. Gutter cleaning though is recommended to be done by a professional you can save a pretty good amount of money by performing it yourself.

Twice a year is the recommended times that you should clean your gutters, but if your house is situated directly beneath trees you can do it frequently to avoid accumulation of leaves. If the area you are located is frequently visited by storm you can also clean it regularly. Safety is paramount when performing this task therefore if the building you are working on is more than one story, it is recommended to hire a gutter cleaner rather than using a ladder. One conventional way used by handymen on a low-sloped roof is to use a leaf blower to blow debris out of the gutters. Make sure you wear goggles and dust mask when using this method. Take caution when working on roof tops for this is a dangerous task.

Place the ladder on a firm leveled ground. A tall stepladder can be easier to use than an extension ladder. When using a ladder make sure your hips are between the rails, and don’t lean cover the sides. Avoid standing on the top two rungs.

If your roof is not too sloppy and you are comfortable working from the rooftop then it would be easier to do so instead of using a ladder. This should be done only if the weather conditions are favorable. Don’t work on the roof in wet, icy, or windy conditions. Closed shoes are recommended for this task. Never work near a power line or lean over the edge.

Wear a heavy work glove, when cleaning the gutters to protect your hands from sharp metals or screw points sticking out into their trough. You can also wear safety glasses or goggles. A bucket is  handy for collecting debris and leaves. Rake or use a leaf blower to blow the leaves and debris off the roof before you begin. This is to prevent them from washing down into the gutters and feeling them again.

Gutter guards and leaf-catchers are not a complete solution since debris settles through them eventually therefore the screens must be removed and leaned.

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