Gutters are a very important part of your roofing. They should be paid attention to and they should be cared for, just as much as any other part of a roof. They help to keep your home and your home’s foundation safe from water damage.
That’s why you need to ensure that you clean your gutters, maintain them and repair them as much and as well as you can.
- Ensure that you clean your gutters at least two times for the year, or even more often when there are a lot of trees surrounding your house.
- Frequent cleaning will help to ensure that your gutters won’t get clogged and overflow or cause heavy ice dams to form, pull your gutters loose and force water into your house.
- You can also prevent mosquitoes, carpenter ants and other insects from getting attracted to the decaying organic debris in your gutter and entering your house, by simply cleaning your gutters.
- When you’re cleaning your gutter you can use various items in your home and reinvent them into gutter-cleaning instruments. For instance, tongs and shop vacuums.
- When cleaning your gutter, you’ll likely need a ladder and so, you’ll need to ensure that you protect yourself. The ladder must be stabilized and you need to be particularly careful that you don’t lean it against your gutters and damage them.
- Ensure that you wear the following: gloves, a dust mask and safety goggles, when you are going to clean your gutters by yourself.
- Use a garbage bag to scoop the debris up with a garden trowel. After that, you should rinse the downspout with a high pressure nozzle on your hose, while scrubbing it. Try as best you can, to avoid wetting the siding while spraying the downspout.
- You can also install leaf strainers in your drain tops so that you can prevent debris from entering and clogging the downspouts.