It is easy to overlook the roof gutters when maintaining the functionality and beauty of your flood restoration melbourne home. After all, they are out of sight and therefore too often out of mind.
While we will be providing information about how to clean your gutters, firstly we will take a look at why keeping your gutters clean is important, and why a regular schedule of cleaning is ideal.
Gutters play an integral part in both protecting the beauty of the home and also in preventing deterioration of paintwork, corrosion of wood, flood planters, and to prevent seepage into ceilings and walls. When rain falls and the gutters are not able to cope with the downpour, any and all of those problems can occur.
Debris accumulates in gutters, particularly when tall trees and foliage are close to the edges of the roof, and this in turn will cause the gutter to become weighed down. Wet debris becomes heavy and could cause a gutter to become detached from the roof, with potential to cause personal injury to anyone passing under it or even damage to the house itself as the gutter hits it. Replacement costs for guttering can become high, and for the most part is avoidable by simply keeping your gutters cleaned on a regular basis.
Gutters are designed to allow water to be directed to an appropriate area and clogged gutters have no way to achieve this.
Keeping your gutters clean of debris is a simple job for a physically capable person, but if mobility is an issue for you, or you don’t feel confident in your ability to reach your gutters, it is advisable to have a professional undertake the cleaning for you.
If you choose to clean your gutters yourself, you will require the following:
Stable, strong, ladder
Garden rake or trowel
A dust mask if susceptible to dust and allergens
A hose fitted with a high-pressure nozzle
Trash receptacle or garbage bags
To effectively clean your gutters, follow the steps outlined below:
Ensure your ladder is in good repair and secure. A freestanding ladder is best and where possible have someone standing at the base of it to hold it in place for extra security.
Pull on your gloves, ensuring that your hands and wrists are well covered.
With the garden rake or trowel, scoop out the debris and place in the trash receptacle or garbage bag. Smaller bags / bins are easier to manage and won’t get too heavy to handle. They are also easier to tie a knot in and drop carefully to the ground.
When removing debris, take care to ensure nothing is allowed to fall down the spout and clog it.
Once all of the debris has been removed, rinse the gutters, driving the water toward the downspout with a high-pressure nozzle.
Use the hose to flush water down the downspouts.
Install leaf strainers to avoid the downspouts becoming clogged in the future.
Clean up and put your tools away.
Undertaking the cleaning of the gutters yourself reduces unnecessary costs, and the proper care and maintenance of your gutters will ensure they do the job they are designed to do.