Gutter cleaning and repair is a necessity and that is why it is important to get it done at least in spring and at fall. However, it is not recommended that you clean or repair rain gutters while being on the roof. It can be dangerous and that is why hiring the services of professionals from Gutters & Windows can make the difference. Though we can assist you at any step of the procedure, if you plan on trying to do it all on your own, we’d recommend using all safety procedure and completing the cleaning step-by-step.
DIY Gutter Cleaning
To start with, you should use a sturdy and reliable ladder. You should also avoid standing on the top of the ladder and make sure that you don’t go over the side rail. You should use a durable bucket to collect the dust and the debris. It is best to use another bucket for your tools. Attach these two buckets with wire hooks to the ladder and make sure that the space below is actually clear.
So, if you want to clear the gutter from a ladder, let us walk you through step-by-step guide. Follow these:
# 1: Clean the gutter close to a convenient downspout
# 2: Make sure to remove the larger debris using a trowel as well as dump them in the bucket
# 3: In order to clean finer materials you want to flush the length of the gutter with a hosepipe but make sure you start at the end of the other downspout. You can also use a cleaning attachment for gutter. If the water fails to drain you should again check the downspout.
If you still can’t drain the water the downspout might actually be clogged and that’s something that you need to check. In order to do so, follow these:
- Check the end of the drain. If the downspout goes and empties under the ground you can remove it from the pipe.
- Use a nozzle on the hosepipe and lock it down with the highest possible pressure in order to blast the clog out of the downspout. If this fails, you should use a specialized snake tool for plumbers.
- Once you are done, you have to put back the the downspout, flush the while gutter one more time and clean the strainers.
Gutter Repair and Maintenance
# 1: If there is water which hasn’t yet been flushed, you might have to slope the gutter. The length of the gutter should actually slope at least with quarter of an inch for each 10 feet that you count towards the downspout. You should detach the clips or hangers and again adjust the gutter enough in order for the water to drain away properly.
# 2: you should also inspect the sections as well as the downspouts in order to determine whether or not there is obvious damage or any kind of missing parts. Some of the hangers for support should be spaced no more than 2 feet away from each other.
In order to replace or to add additional hangers you need to install a screw hanger by marking the actual and relevant position of the gutter, drill the house in the lip and fascia of the gutter and drive the screw into the ferrule through the holes you drilled.
There is also screw-in and hidden solutions and you might want to follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer, even though most of them are attached through the rear part.
# 3: repair leaks in the gutter. You want to make sure that the lengths of the gutter are pressed tightly against one another and run some on both of the sides of all of the joints. You can use sealant in order to repair leaks resulting on the cap ends. If you want to repair any of the gaping holes, you need to ask a representative about certain products.
# 4: You should apply touch-up paint in order to cover certain blemishes should you want to.
However, if you need assistance at any step of the process, give us a call and we’ll come and take it on from there. Call us today to get further information about our gutter cleaning and repair services.