Keeping the curb appeal of your home at a top-notch level is important to all homeowners, this we know. But gutters are one of those things that need to be both aesthetically pleasing as well as functional.
Keeping your gutters both looking good and working well is paramount to keeping your home tip top.
Your guttering system is an important and vulnerable area of your home, that’s why regular gutter repair and cleaning is so important! Learn more here.
Gutters need to be functioning to do what they do best. The function of your gutter? They are there to keep direct water coming from the roof away from your home.
It’s highly unlikely that a broken or clogged gutter is getting the job done. Having broken or clogged up gutters can create further damage if not repaired quickly.
Look out for cracks, sagging gutters, paint peeling off, splitting in any of the joins, and signs of water damage.
If you see any of these signs, it’s likely that your gutters need to be repaired and you’re way past the cleaning only phase.
Gutter Maintenance and Cleaning
Like a bee to a flower, maintenance and cleaning are to your gutters, one simply cannot function without the other.
You’ll find if you don’t commit to regular maintenance of your gutters that you’ll be spending more time and money on repairs than is necessary.
When Do You Clean Your Gutters?
You need to clean your gutters a minimum of twice per year. At least once in the spring, and once in the fall. However, if you live in a heavy rainfall or storm area, you’ll likely need to do it more often than this.
This is also the case if your home is surrounded by large trees, particularly if they are directly adjacent to your home and hang over your roof.
It’s advisable that you wait until your gutters are dry to clean them out. It’s more difficult to remove the debris if it’s wet.
How Do You Clean Your Gutters?
Before we go any further, you need to know, safety comes first!
Do not climb onto your roof and clean your gutters from that position. The best way to do gutter cleaning is on a ladder. Remember, don’t lean out too far or stretch too far. It may seem like a lot of work to be off and on the ladder to move to new sections, but ladder safety is important!
Get yourself a small garden trowel and a pair of good gloves. Start at one end of your gutter system and work your way systematically around your home. Use the trowel to scoop out the leaves and debris, it’s better if you start at the downspout.
Some places are really hard to get to, this is where the gloves come in. If you can’t get into a space with the trowel, then reach in with your hands and scoop out as much as you can.
Once you’ve cleaned an entire section, use your garden hose to flush out the small sediments that you haven’t been able to remove by trowel or hand.
Gutter Repair and Cleaning, Rinse and Repeat
The thing about gutter repair and cleaning is that it is a repetitive task. You’ll feel like you’ve just finished the job and be having to do it all over again.
You need to be consistent with your gutter cleaning, the less you clean, the more likely you are to have to make repairs.
Sometimes getting a professional gutter installer and repair service is your best bet, they can get the job done swiftly and professionally without the hassle of you having to worry about safety issues!