Fall is here. And with fall, come rains, winds, ice dams, and snow which can have devastating consequences on the property, especially roof gutters. Clogged gutters cause gutter pipes to burst and water to pool on the roof, which can even lead to structural problems with your home.
Luckily, only cleaning the gutters in the fall solve this and protect your home. And to make the job run smoothly, here’s everything you need to know about this essential fall chore.
Wear Protective Clothing
Safety comes first with any DIY project around your home. When cleaning the gutters in fall, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your arms and legs from cuts. Use heavy-duty work gloves to protect your hands and goggles to protect your eyes if you plan on using tools to remove larger branches.
Prepare the Equipment
Determine what kind of tools you might need to use and place them in a utility belt so you can safely reach for them once you start working. You will also need a secure ladder that can extend at least three feet higher than the gutters. It is an ideal length when cleaning out debris. Secure the ladder by placing it on a flat surface, or on the pavement if possible. If you have a fear of heights, it’s best to hire professional cleaners instead.
Choose the Right Time of Day
Late in the fall, ice can quickly form during colder times of the day (morning or evening). Ice can also build on the gutters or on the ladder, which makes it slippery and dangerous. Clean the gutters only if the sun is shining and when it’s at its peak. Unless these conditions are met, it’s best to leave the job for another day.
Remove Larger Pieces of Debris
First off, remove larger debris from the gutter. Put big branches, larger piles of leaves and twigs into a bucket and carry it down the ladder. If the waste is too big and stuck, use a saw to cut it into smaller pieces or a hammer to nudge it out of place.
Flush Remaining Waste with a Hose
After removing large debris, take the hose and flush away the remaining smaller waste and dirt down the spout. Start from one spout and move the debris to the next closest one. It ensures you don’t damage the pipes with a high jet of water.
Check the Downspout for Cloggs
If the water is not draining properly, there is probably some debris blocking the downspout. Position the hose inside the pipe, and try to flush it out the other end. If the method is not working, use a plumber’s snake to dislodge some of the material and force it out bit by bit. In case everything fails, it might be time to replace the gutter system in this part of the house.
Contact Professionals and Update Your Gutters
If you want to stop cleaning your gutters each Fall; invest in gutter guards. 1-800-HANSONS offers an American-made Gutter Grate system that covers your channel and protects them all year round. It can be easily installed on any existing gutter system and comes with a 100% NO CLOG guarantee. Request a FREE estimate and get your gutters ready for Fall.