As a homeowner, do you find that home maintenance can be a chore?
Have you ever looked forward to cleaning your gutters?
Here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe and a little less frustrated with you project.
It's absolutely pouring down rain out there today
Our work is rained out for the day, so I'm sitting here thinking how I could add value to our customers. Here are those 8 tips from a professional gutter cleaner.
1) SAFETY FIRST
You know you’ll be up and down your ladder, so it’s important that you make sure you position it on sturdy and level ground. A good way to test it is to jump on the first and second rungs to make sure it doesn’t shift before you climb. Don’t be among the 500,000 people injured from ladder falls every year!
2) HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS
Although a garden trowel works, a better tool is a gutter scoop. What makes it ideal is the front scraping edge. It’s exactly the right shape for gutters and it’s thin enough to get under all the gunk in them. You’ll find that the task is much easier with the right tools.
3) DON'T FORGET GLOVES
If you’re using your hands at all, you may encounter a rough gutter edge. Thick gloves will protect your hands from cuts. If there are any sharp objects in your gutters, gloves help protect you from those too.
4) CLEAN THEM TWICE A YEAR
Do you follow this recommendation? Gutter cleaning companies will tell you to keep your gutters clean so that you remove the possibility of rainwater runoff and overflowing gutters. Keeping your gutters clean will also reduce corrosion because you won’t have standing water in your gutters.
5) USE YOUR PRESSURE WASHER PROPERLY
Pressure washers can be a great way to get the last of the gunk out of the bottom of your gutters. Avoid hitting the gutters at too high an angle or you could blow shingles off with a high-pressure stream of water.
6) INSPECT YOUR GUTTERS AS YOU CLEAN THEM
Look for signs of deterioration, cracks and leaks. Also make sure they’re still firmly attached to your home. If you notice a seam is no longer sealed, completely remove the old silicone with a chisel; once dry, reseal.
7) CLEAN YOUR DOWNSPOUTS TOO
If you don’t have roof gutter covers, cleaning your downspouts should be part of your gutter cleaning routine. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly and along with mildew and mud, you’ll end up with sagging gutters.
8) CONSIDER USING A SPLASH BLOCK
One last bit of advice for homeowners is to purchase a splash block to place underneath the downspouts. It prevents water flowing out of the downspouts from digging a trench next to the house. This can lead to expensive foundation repairs.