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Time To Clean Out Your Roof Gutters

by Sharon Butcher

Gutter Cleaning Is Important

Gutter cleaning is an essential part of home renovation. Having clean gutters not only increases the appearance of your house, but it also protects it from water damage, mould issues, and insect infiltration. You may be unsure how often you can clean them. This blog will give you some pointers on when you to use the ladder and how you should clean your setup.

 

Storms and Rain Can Cause Build Up of Debris

There are a few other things to think about. Heavy rain and a buildup of gutter debris could cause long-term damage to your home’s fascia, such as eaves and inside ceilings, possibly causing black mold growth and costing you thousands of dollars. It can even threaten to find its way into crawlspaces, the foundation, or your home’s basement. If you live in a home surrounded by trees or in a wooded area, you may need to clean the gutters more often, particularly if there is a lot of rain. If you know bad weather is on the way, you can at the very least inspect your gutters.   On the flipside, dry debris, like fallen leaves and twigs in your gutters is a VERY DANGEROUS fire hazard.

 

Pests

Water collection also creates the possibility of insect infestations. Mosquitoes may breed in bodies of water, and insects can scurry in for any debris that spends too much time in your gutters. Taking the time to inspect your gutters once a month will alert you to any pests before they set up shop in your house.

 

Cleaning your gutters on your own

Cleaning your own gutter device can be a time-consuming yet important job. First, you’ll need to gather the required safety equipment. You’ll need a pair of gloves, a dust mask to shield yourself from any contaminants produced by the cleaning, and some protective goggles. If you’re going to do it yourself, you’ll need a ladder and maybe some kind of support to secure the ladder.  A person to help steady the ladder and be a spotter for you is the safest option here.  You really shouldn’t get up there completely by yourself.

Some people may believe that creeping around on the roof would allow them to escape standing on a ladder. This is a risky decision. A ladder will at the very least have a sturdy platform for you to plant your feet on. Regardless of the stuff, the rooftop could be a slick mess to maneuver. You can slip and injure your roof or, worse, yourself. Please do not vacuum your gutters when standing on your porch.

A trash bag is helpful for disposing of litter. Once you’ve collected the large parts, use a hose to guide the remaining refuse into your downspout. To pass the refuse, a high-pressure hose or adapter is a safe choice, but be careful not to ruin the gutter system. You’ll still need to find or add a way to avoid a clog in your downspout, since a major clog will stop water flow and even rupture your downspout.

 

If You Are Unable to Clean the Gutters by Yourself.

It’s normal if you don’t feel like cleaning out your gutters on your own. Home renovation and do-it-yourself tasks can be frightening.  Call a professional to do the gutter cleaning on your behalf.  They would get the job done safely and quickly leaving you to chill out and not have to worry about slipping and injuring yourself.  A professional Gutter Cleaning service will:

Clean the gutters up to the elbow of the downpipes and inspect the downpipes for obstructions.

  • Full coverage of all the gutters
  • Inspect the roof at no cost and report any defects or areas of concern.
  • Clean by hand where necessary to avoid any damage to your belongings
  • Will remove and dispose of any litter found in your gutters.
  • Remove any litter that has accumulated on the ground or on the outside of the gutters.
  • Provide before and after pictures so you can see the impact our job makes on your gutters.
  • Take care not to cause damage to the roof or gutters.
  • Will be fully licensed and trained in working at heights.

 

How Often Should You Clean Your Gutters

Most professional will advise you to clean the gutters twice a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn. However, depending on the environment of your city and the number of trees around your house, you can need to wash your gutters more regularly, such as every 3 months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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