Cleaning out your gutters is one of those tasks you can’t put off forever, but you may not realise the importance of the chore at hand.
Clogged gutters can lead to flooding and water damage to your house, foundation and walls, they are also a fire hazard.
All these things can become a damage to you and your family, so you should clean them out every autumn, and more often if you live Brisbane where there are a lot of storms and tree cover.
Here at Independent Tree Services, we aim to provide you with as much information as possible on taking care of your property this autumn. Follow these steps when cleaning out your gutters.
Be safe up there
If you’re using a ladder make sure it is secured to the roof or environment that you will be working in. Also, wear thick gloves, safety goggles and a mask – you never know what’s in those gutters!
Start near the downpipe
Use a bucket or garbage bag when you collect the debris, or place a drop cloth under the area you will be working to collect the leaves.
Never use your hands
Always use a plastic shovel or something similar to collect the leaves and scoop them into a container as you work your way down the gutter.
Hose it off
There may be finer materials left behind, so flush your gutter from the farthest end with a hose. If the water is backing up at the downspout, you may have a clog so go along the pipe and clear the blockage.
Rinse the downpipe
From the top of the gutter, run water through the downspout to clean it out and ensure the clog is removed.
Clean or install strainers
If you have them, now is the time to clean the strainers to your downspout to prevent future clogs. If you do not, consider installing them. They’ll help to keep large debris from blocking the pipe.
Schedule regular maintenance
While you are rinsing your gutters, check the water flow and make sure the gutter is still draining properly. Be sure to look for leaks as well as with each storm that passes. Gutters can also rust. If you notice paint chipping or leaks through the metal, replace the faulty section with a new one.