Gutters are an incredibly important part of your home but most of the time they are forgotten about. Without gutters, rainwater would drip down the side on your roof and straight onto the ground. Over time, this build-up of water can cause problems for you, as water penetrates the walls, the moisture inside will grow, causing damp issues which can be complex and costly to repair.
The gutter is in place to avoid excess water building up on the floor. It does this by collecting rainfall from the roof and guiding it down to your drainage system via a network of pipes.
However, when your gutter is clogged with leaves, branches or other debris, it can stop working properly as the water can’t flow down the pipes properly leading it to overflow onto the ground. Keeping your gutter clean is a straightforward task most of the time and you are better off doing this regularly or you could run into some costly problems.
How Often Do I Need To Clean My Gutters?
How often you should clean your gutters will depend on a lot of things, however, as a general rule, you should be looking at cleaning them at least twice a year. Ideally, the end of spring and autumn is the best time to clean them due to the number of flowers and leaves that fall off the trees during those seasons. However, that’s not to say that if you find a blockage before these checkpoints you shouldn’t clean them out. If you end up leaving them blocked, it can be costly to repair the damage.
Although twice a year is the minimum you should be cleaning them, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do it more. If you live in a rainy country like the UK or your gutter is very close to the trees, you should take this into consideration and keep an eye on your gutters a bit more.
How Do I Clean My Gutter?
Unless you are in a single storey property, you are going to be working at height which a lot of people are not comfortable with. If you aren’t we strongly advise that you call a professional to help you out, so you don’t injure yourself or damage your property. However, if you are okay with this and you don’t mind the mess or the smells that come along with the job, then you are good to go.
For the job, you are going to need a long ladder or even scaffolding which is secure. As well as some waterproof gloves and somewhere to put the debris when you remove it. The two best options for holding the waste is using a plastic bag or a bucket.
When you are at the top of the ladder you can start to scoop out all of the debris by hand or by using some kind of tool but make sure that when doing this you don’t reach too far or it can cause the ladder to tip.
Once your gutter is free of all the debris it is time for a final washdown to make sure that the path is completely clean. You can either do this using a hose or a bucket of water, however, using a hose will be much more thorough and help to achieve a better result.
How To Clean The Downpipe
Finally, you need to check the downpipe which runs vertically down to the drain. This can sometimes get blocked up so a good way to test this is by getting a screwdriver or some kind of hard tool and using it to tap up and down the pipe. If it is all clear you should hear a hollow sound but if it is blocked it will sound similar to a dull thud.
A lot of the time you can put your hose down the pipe all the way until it hits the blockage, once it reaches it, turn the water on at full power and it should push the debris out. However, if this doesn’t work, most of them can easily be unscrewed so you can poke the blockage out with a stick. Unfortunately, not all of the pipes can be unscrewed, if this is the case, you will have to cut the pipe off at the base, clean it and then reattach it.
Contact Our Guttering Experts Today
If you have a property which has gutters that are difficult to get to or you don’t have the time to clean out gutters yourself, at Brackley Industrial Maintenance, we have gutter maintenance services so that you won’t need to worry about a thing. You can get in touch with us on 01295 690222 or fill out our online contact form for more information.
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This post was written by Brackley Industrial Maintenance Limited