Avoid damage to your roof and walls; maintain your gutters to ensure your home is in good shape! Are you house proud? Perhaps you spend a lot of time keeping your home in good shape. Although there are many jobs that require doing inside your home, tasks such as cleaning your gutters are extremely important in order to protect your home from getting damaged, especially damage to your roof and walls which could be costly.
Buildings insurance covers the cost of repairing or replacing the structural aspects of your home. Clogged gutters can cause drainage problems, and this in turn can lead to flooding which can damage the structure of your home. To avoid this happening it's always a good idea to stay on top of your gutter maintenance.
Cleaning your gutters – some simple instructions
Step 1 – You will need to gain access to your roof so it is advised that you use a ladder. Make sure not to lean the ladder against a gutter, as it can easily bend or cause damage.
Step 2 – Start by removing leaves and any twigs that may have collected in the gutter. It is recommended that you use a trowel to remove debris, which can be difficult to remove by hand.
Step 3 – If there is any caked-on dirt, wet it with water and remove using a trowel.
Step 4 – Take a plastic bag or refuse sack up the ladder with you. Hang it on the ladder so that you can place debris inside it, dropping the bag when it is full.
Step 5 – Ensure that downpipes are not clogged. Water is the best thing to unclog downpipes with. Simply place a garden hose down the pipe, but be careful as downpipes are not designed to withstand huge amounts of pressure.
Step 6 – If you have access to a leaf blower, this can help with the process of clearing your gutters. Be careful when going up a ladder carrying a leaf blower, they are often heavy and blow a lot of dust around which may get in your eyes.
Step 7 – Use your hose to flush your gutter system after clearing. This is also a good time to check if there are any leaks in your guttering.