Gutter cleaning and maintenance are necessary steps to ensure a working gutter system that keeps your home safe. Here are tips homeowners should know about gutter cleaning.
Gutter cleaning isn’t just about improving your home’s curb appeal. It’s important to keep your gutters clean because you don’t want excess water on your roof to damage your home. Cleaning out your gutters helps eliminate the risk of water damage and rust corrosion.
Here are some tips homeowners should know about gutter cleaning.
When to clean your gutters
Gutter cleaning may not always be on your list of things to do for your home. However, if frequently neglected, it could cause major damage to your roof. In London, KY, It’s best to clean your gutters semi-annually. Once in the fall before snow and ice come, and once in the spring after the cold weather has passed.
Always put your safety first. Wear protective gear and use a sturdy ladder. We suggest using an aluminum ladder as it’s strong and lightweight. Check the ladder before using it and inspect it for defects or loose parts before climbing up. Don’t forget to use gloves to protect your hands from debris, rotten leaves, or animal droppings. Suede gloves are recommended over leather or cotton gloves.
Use a garden hose
A garden hose is an effective gutter cleaner. You can use it from the ground or from the ladder. Start spraying by the nearest downspout, clean the whole channel length, and then back to the downspout. If the garden hose doesn’t do the job, use a plumber’s snake instead to reach the bends and flush down the clogs.
If you haven’t cleaned your gutters in a long time, then there’s probably a significant buildup of dirt, debris, and gunk. Cleaning it with a garden hose may not be enough. If that’s the case, then you can try using a pressure washer on the gutters. You can do it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.
Be cautious of power lines
Inspect the power lines connected to your house before proceeding with your gutter cleaning. Check the electrical cables and where they are connected to your roof. Specifically, check to see if the wires are damaged. If they are, call a licensed professional to help. Do not attempt to clean your gutter if there are damaged powerlines nearby. Regardless of whether there’s rain or not, electrical wires should be repaired and addressed first before doing any activities on your roof.
Use gutter guards
Many homeowners use gutter guards to avoid the buildup of debris. Gutter guards prevent things like sticks, leaves, and pine needles from falling into your gutter. You’re certain to experience fewer clogged gutters if you’re taking an active step like this to prevent them.
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