Regular home maintenance is the key to preventing clogged gutters. Here are a few tips on how to safely clean your gutters and prevent clogging.
Before you go up on top of the roof, put on a tool belt with handy pockets and secure it tightly around your waist. On your modified tool belt you’ll need some tools to clean your gutters:
- Trowel. Use your trowel to scoop out mud from your gutter.
- Bucket. If there is excess mud, scoop it into the bucket and lower or dispose of it nearby.
- Wire Hanger. Straighten out a wire hanger and use it to poke debris through the downspout if clogged.
- Salad Tongs. Use the tongs to clean out the connection called an outlook, or gooseneck. This piece is connected at the top of the gutter to the downspout. It’ll often become clogged with leaves, and a salad tong will pull out the muck.
- Rag. Take two or three of them. Slippery muddy hands could cause an accident.
Before you go onto the roof:
- Check out your ladder. Make sure the rubberized footpads are securely in tack, and you cannot see any bent places in the frame.
- Wear good fitting foot wear and tuck shoelaces into the shoe before climbing. Wear and take along an extra pair of snug (but not tight) gloves.
- Hook up your hose, and check for leaks in the line. You want to be sure that you’ve got full water pressure in the line, so you can clean your gutters efficiently. Also, add extensions so your water hose will reach all gutters on the house. Having a ground person with the hose is useful because knots and twists limit water pressure when moving the hose around from the roof.
Now that you know how to be safe when cleaning out your gutters, and what tools you’ll need to clean them out, let’s look at 5 tips to help prevent clogging of gutters.
- Clean Routinely. Clean out your gutters every spring and fall. When done regularly, it sometimes only requires you to run a power spray nozzle into the gutters and downspouts.
- Install Wire Mesh. The wire mesh keeps most of the larger debris from getting into the gutter and causing clogs. You can find kits at most hardware stores. Use the correct mesh to keep debris out.
- Adjust Gutters. Check the gutters for the correct pitch. Without correct pitch, clogged gutters catch more leaves and other types of debris.
- Coat and Seal. Apply a coating inside to help flush the debris down your gutters. A good coating also prevents rust and damage to your fascia board.
- Flush Fixture. Products are on the market that attach to the underside of the gutter and collect debris while allowing the adequate flow of water.
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