Gutter Cleaning Essentials: 3 Things To Always Remember

Cleaning the gutter has never been a pleasure. It involves frequent ladder movement, getting drenched from gutter flushing along with cuts from sharp ends. If the gutter is not cleaned on a regular basis, it can get clogged and overflow with dirty water that cause give rise to

  • Structural Damage
  • Roofing Damage
  • Electrical Hazards
  • Mould and Fungus Growth
  • Water Leaks

If these problems are unchecked and left to persist, your home can slowly get worse and decrease the value of your home. In order to maintain a clean a fully functioning gutter it is essential to keep it clean. Here are a few tips to help keep your gutter in good health the easy way.

1. Location is very important for gutter cleaning frequency

If you are living in an urban zone or a neighbourhood where there are fewer trees around your home, it is recommended that you have your gutter cleaned at least twice a year. Once during the spring season and once in the fall. However, if you are living in the outskirts or suburb surrounded by plenty of tall trees, you have to clean it more times than that. After a big storm the downspout may be partially clogged and needs to be cleaned.

2. Cleaning a dry gutter is much easier than a mucky one

The cleaning task gets a bit easier when the gutter dries out. A wet gutter is usually mucky and is difficult to de-gunk. Always try checking on your gutter before a forecasted storm. If it is already clogged and overflowing the rainwater could pour out of the gutter into your garden wetting and ruining the soil and plants.

3. Always follow the safety protocols

When cleaning your gutter, it is important to follow safety protocols. It is indeed a difficult task and bears plenty of risks. Without any safety procedure you might end up injuring yourself. Here are some safety procedures that should be followed for safer and more efficient results:

Ladder is one of the equipment that can end up injuring you if placed wrong. Make sure that you are following all the best practices for ladder safety. What are these practices?

  • Do not learn from your ladder
  • Place the ladder in a balanced position before focusing on the cleaning
  • Don’t go for more than two squares of cleaning at a time
  • If possible use extension ladders for better efficiency
  • Use standoff stabilisers to balance your ladder
  • Always have a second person to support you

Avoid cleaning your gutter from the roof. Otherwise you can turn this chore into dangerous proposition.

Wear safety gloves while cleaning to avoid:

  • Germinating hands with moulds, fungus and bacteria
  • Cuts and scratches from sharp ends, sticks and pests

Wear apron to protect your clothes from getting dirty or torn

Wear facemask to protect yourself from breathing in dusts, dirt and germs

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