The seasons turn and your house takes a beating from all of the wind and rain hitting your home. Your gutters can quickly get clogged with all of the debris hurled through the air. There are steps that you can do to keep your gutters in good shape, and it won’t take too long to do it. Regular home maintenance is the key to keeping your gutters like new. Read on about 5 tips that will help you keep the clog out of your guttering system.
If you are old enough to remember the inside ritual of spring and fall cleaning by Grandma, you’ll remember that it happened every year. Even if it didn’t look like it needed it. Grandma was smart and Grandpa was just as smart too. Outside maintenance was important then, just like it is today. So get into the habit of cleaning those gutters before stuff starts growing in them!
Here are a few tips on how to get safely up to clean your gutters in the spring and fall. Read over them and take them to heart when climbing on a ladder and roof.
Before you go up on top of the roof put on a tool belt with handy pockets and secure it tightly around your waist. Check out your ladder too. Make sure the rubberized foot pads are securely in tack, and no bent places in the frame are seen.
Wear good fitting foot wear and tuck shoelaces into the shoe before climbing. Wear and take along an extra pair of gloves that are snug but not to tight fitting.
It’s advisable to have someone on the ground with you when climbing up. If an accident occurs, or even if you just need some tools, it is good to have an extra pair of hands.
Before you start climbing up on the roof hook up your hose, and check for any 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 make sure to add extensions so your water hose will reach all gutters on the house. Having a ground person is handy with the hose here because knots and twists will limit water pressure when moving the hose around from the roof.
On your modified tool belt you’ll need some tools to clean your gutters. Peek at these to see what you’ll need.
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 to poke debris through the downspout if clogged.
Salad Tongs. This can be used to clean out the connection called an outlook, or as some call it the gooseneck. This extra 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.
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 ways that you can prevent clogging of your gutters.
Clean Routinely. Clean out your gutters every spring and fall. When done regularly it will sometimes only require you to run a power spray nozzle into the gutters and downspouts.
Install Wire Mesh. The wire mesh will keep most of the larger debris from entering into your gutter and causing clogs. You can find kits at most hardware stores. Use the correct mesh to keep debris out.
Adjust Gutters. Gutters need to be checked for the correct pitch to them. Without correct pitch the gutters will clog, and catch more leaves and other types of debris.
Coating and Seal. Apply a coating inside to help flush the debris down your gutters. A good coating will also prevent rust and damage to your fascia board.
Flush Fixture. There are new products on the market that attach to the under side and top of the board that will collect debris, but the water will run smoothly, and eventually will push the debris through the down spout.
Take care of your gutters and they will last a life time. It’s worth the extra time and effort.