No matter what time of year it is, you should make sure that your gutters are clean and free of debri; otherwise, it can cause ongoing damage to your roof and home. Cleaned gutters prevent water damage, or damages caused by an accumulation of rotting leaves that have built up there.
You don’t always need to fork out your hard earned cash to get someone to clean your gutters professionally– you can often do the job yourself with just a few items, and proper safety precautions while cleaning.
You should generally clean your gutters twice a year, in both spring and fall. If you’ve had some particularly bad weather conditions, you might want to check on your gutters shortly after.
What you need to clean your gutters:
Gloves – Since you’ll be scooping out all kinds of muck from your gutters you need to make sure that you’ve got some heavy duty gloves that you can wear.
Scoop – Sometimes you will have a heavy buildup of gunk in your gutters requiring more leverage than just your hands. This is where a scoop will come in handy.
Sturdy ladder – Getting up on the roof is no joke. When you’re working at height you have the potential for life threatening falls. Make sure that you have a ladder that is sturdy and safe.
Someone to help – You should have a spotter around to help you make sure you don’t make any risky decisions like reaching a little too far to the left when working at height.
Dust mask – If it’s dusty up there, you might like to think about wearing a dust mask to protect you from breathing in any of the dust.
Hose – Once you’ve cleaned out the gutters you’ll need to rinse them down to remove the final bits of debris in there. You should use your hose with a spray attachment preferably to really get in there.
If you find rusty patches or holes in the gutters, these will obviously need repairs. You can either choose to repair them yourself, with some handyman skills, or hire a professional to do it for you.
Also, look out for loose gutters, bends in the gutter, cracking, coming out from the brackets, etc. Often, it really is best to leave these types of jobs to the professionals. Working at height is part of their job, whereas you are more at risk of falling.
If there is extensive damage, then it is probably time to replace your gutters. At Nationwide Window and Siding we have a range of gutter systems that can be used to replace your old existing guttering. This includes our seamless gutters as well as the forever gutter shield. Take a look through our products to see which is the perfect one for you.