Cleaning gutters is an easy job to put off, but the longer you wait the worse it can get. Thoroughly cleaning your gutters every three to four months will help keep them working like they’re supposed to. Debris can build up and cause damage to your downspouts as well as cause water damage to your roof.
To clean out your gutters you will need: a trowel or small gardening spade, a ladder, buckets, garden hose, and gutter sealant.
To begin, clean the downspout removing any twigs, leaves and dirt. Flush out any other debris. If the water doesn’t drain properly through the downspout, there is probably a clog, to fix this remove the end of the downspout and flush it with water. If this doesn’t do the trick, gently push a rod down the down spout and so ramming the blockage out.
If you notice that water sets in the bottom of your gutters be sure to readjust them so that they flow properly to the downspout.
Leaks? Use gutter sealant on all joints. If there is noticeable paint damage, simply touch up with a primer.
It is also an excellent time to fix those parts of the gutter that are sagging and damaged.
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