What Is The Best Way To Clean Gutters?
Keeping your gutter system clean is necessary for it to continue working properly. Gutters and downspouts that are clear of debris will help prevent water leaks into your home and will also prevent erosion around it. Gutter cleaning is not a difficult chore if you know the right way to do it. Check out these 6 tips below:
1. Make Sure You Have a Sturdy Ladder
Gutter cleaning requires you to climb a ladder so make sure you have a sturdy one. Place the ladder on level ground and use a ladder stabilizer for added safety. Consider hiring a professional if you are not comfortable climbing a ladder.
2. Dress Appropriately
Gutter cleaning is a dirty job and exposes you to gunk and grime. You should wear long sleeves and rubber gloves. Be sure to wear footwear that is appropriate for climbing a ladder. You may also want to wear safety glasses to keep dirt and debris from blowing into your eyes.
3. Gather the Proper Tools
You will need a small shovel to scoop the leaves and debris from your gutters. You can also purchase a gutter scoop from your local hardware store. A bucket can be hooked onto your ladder and used to scoop the debris into so you aren’t dumping it on your landscaping. You will also need a hose or pressure washer, a plumber’s snake, and gutter sealant.
4. Use a Garden Hose
After removing the debris, use a spray nozzle on your garden hose to rinse out any remaining dirt from the gutters and downspouts. You should use a strong stream of water and start at the far end and move towards the downspout. Use caution not to spray under the shingles. As the water flows through your gutter system, assess if there are any holes or leaks.
5. Unclog the Downspouts
Once you have removed all the grime from your gutters, use the hose to spray water from the top of the downspout. If the water doesn’t flow freely, you have a clog. You can try to dislodge the clog by feeding the hose through the downspout from the ground up and spraying at full power. Use a plumber’s snake if necessary to remove blockages from your downspouts.
6. Repair When Necessary
When the downspout is clog-free, flush the gutters again to check for proper water flow and drainage. Inspect for leaks at the seams. If you observe standing water in the gutter, this indicates it is not sloped correctly. Detach the gutter hangers and adjust to the proper slope, ¼ inch for every ten feet toward the downspout.
Check for sagging gutters and confirm they are secure and firmly attached to the roof. Add support hangers or reattach gutters to the fascia when necessary. Use a gutter sealant to seal any leaks at seams and joints.
The Benefit of Cleaning Gutters
The gutter system on the house controls how rainwaters flow from the rooftop. Gutter cleaning is necessary to prevent:
- Sagging gutters
- Mold growth
- Water in your basement
- A leaky roof
- Water damage to the interior walls
- Landscaping erosion
- Attracting pests and mice
How Often Should I Clean My Gutters?
Your gutters should be cleaned at least twice per year. You may need to clean them more often, depending on your environment. For example, if you have pine trees in your yard, gutters will need to be cleaned more often to prevent pine needles from clogging your gutter system.
Contact Us Today for Your Gutter Cleaning Needs
Ignoring gutter cleaning can result in costly repairs to your home and property in the future. Call Elite Power Washing today if the gutters on your Pensacola home need cleaning. We are veteran-owned and operated and are proud to serve Northwest Florida.