How to Clean Gutters
In a heavy downpour, a clogged or damaged gutter can send a torrent of water that will deteriorate your walls and devastate your landscape and foundation. Cleaning gutters is an important home maintenance activity to prevent this from happening.
Because of unpredictable weather, especially in Sydney, it is important to schedule a routine gutter maintenance. This will ensure that rainwater will flow properly from the roof into the designated downspout. It will also prevent the hassle of dealing with blockages during the rain as well as damage to your fascia boards and home exterior.
To get you started with this important home maintenance activity, here are the steps on how to clean gutters. (Please seek professional advice prior to maintenance).
Step-by-step Process for Cleaning Gutters
- Prepare your tools and equipment. You will need a sturdy ladder preferably with a stabiliser to keep you stable. For clothing, you need long-sleeved work clothes as well as gloves to protect you from possible injury. Next, get a plastic bag or a bucket to put the rubbish in. Finally, use a hose connected to a faucet to flush the gutter.
- Check whether the contents of the gutter are damp or dry. Depending on your weather, the debris in your gutter may either be damp or dry. Since we don’t want to damage your flower beds, use a container to keep the rubbish. Use a plastic bag if the contents are dry and a bucket if they are damp.
- Scoop out the debris with your tools or your hands. It’s time to do the actual cleaning of gutters. Protect your hands while scooping the rubbish by using a set of gloves. You may use a shovel or trowel or even make a makeshift one with a plastic jug.
- Scrub the rust and other fine particles with a wire brush. Once the gutter is clear, check for rust that formed and dust that settled inside. Use a wire brush to remove the fine particles. Take note of cracks or holes that may cause leaks and repair accordingly.
- Flush the gutter with water and check for flow. To remove the dust and rust, flush the gutter with water using your hose. You may use the water to check if your gutter leaks or if the water flows properly. If some water pools and remains, your gutter may have incorrect fall that affects its efficiency.
- Check the downspouts for lodged debris. When you flush your gutter with water, check the downspout flow. A slow flow means a blockage in your downspout. You may increase the water pressure to remove the clog or use your hose to go through the downspout.
- Consider changing into a low-maintenance gutter system. If your gutter frequently clogs from fallen leaves and other debris, or if water is not flowing properly, consider replacing your gutter system. Preferably, choose one with a leaf guard to lessen cleaning frequency.
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