The user-friendly guide to cleaning your gutters

 

The user-friendly guide to cleaning your gutters

Spring is a busy time for households. Spring cleaning, winter bills and home maintenance tasks are piling up, and it only too easy to forget your gutters. But they too need extra attention at this time of the year. Instead of risking roofing, wall and foundation damage, make sure to put a reminder in your calendar, and clean your gutters on time.

A properly functioning guttering system will lead the water from the roof away from your house. But if your gutters have not been cleared you’re risking overflowing water and damp walls.

Before your start the spring clean of your gutters, look at the weather forecast and pick a clear day. Then prepare:

  • A trustworthy stepladder.
  • Trowel
  • Empty bucket.
  • Another bucket filled with soapy water.
  • Hand-held leaf blower or a power hose.
  • Pair of gloves.
  • A number of old cloths.

Once you’ve got your “working kit” prepared, follow the steps to clean your gutters:

  1. Position the ladder steadily on the ground and ensure that you’re wearing non-slippery, comfortable shoes. To avoid any health and safety risks ask a friend or a helpful neighbour to hold the ladder for you.
  2. With your gloves on, make use of the trowel and clean anything that’s residing in your gutters. Start from the gutter outlet and work away, then collect all the debris in the empty bucket.
  3. Continue with the pressure hose or the leaf-blower and clear whatever gunk is still remaining. Don’t forget the downpipe as well.
  4. Follow up with cleaning the outside of the gutters with the soapy water and cloths. But if you’re trying to remove any dirt, make sure to not scratch the gutters, as this can cause further issues in the future.
  5. Finish by pouring water down the downpipe and clearing out any remaining dirt and obstructions.

If you remember to clean your gutters as soon as the weather starts warming up, you’ll prevent gutter sagging, clogging and any other issues, resulting in expensive repairs.

You should also consider gutter guards, which prevent debris from piling in your gutters. But even the gutter guards are not 100% clear-proof, so you’ll need to check up on your gutters, especially before heavy rain is expected.