Tips In Cleaning Your Gutter

Gutters are long and narrow tubes that are used to divert rainfall from roofs through downpipes and into the drainage system and away from the house. Not all homes need a guttering system especially if you live in an area with a dry climate that has little or no rainfall. If you live in an area with heavy rainfall, you need a proper system in place to prevent water from gathering and creating further problems. A Gold Coast guttering system consists of a properly designed roof to be able to channel water to the gutters, a roof drain to direct the captured water to the downspouts that take water to the drainage system. And a drainage system is needed with underground pipes to take water away from the house and into the drain.  The main function of installing gutters is water management during weather such as storms and rainfall. The water that lands on the roof has to go somewhere otherwise it cause serious damage. Gutters redirects the water to a safe place where it can be absorbed back into the soil and so protects your property from being waterlogged. If water stays stagnant on roofs or around your house, it can start to seep into the foundation and cause damage that may be irreparable. The water may also weaken the woodwork in your house and cause paint to peel and walls to decay. The damp environment also becomes a perfect ground for infestation of insects such as termites and mosquitoes. Gutters protect the roof as water that doesn’t drain away can cause damage to the structural elements of your roof.

It is very important to maintain and regularly clean your gutters.  The downspouts and gutters should be clear of leaves and other debris and should also be regularly checked for leakages and any rust. If you don’t then the outlets will overflow and may even shake loose some of the gutters. You can also check the gutter of your roof, just click this 

You can hire a professional or do the job yourself with a few easy steps.Here are some tips for cleaning:

  • Always wear goggles and a dust mask. Use a strong ladder and wear thick gloves to protect your hands from any sharp metal or screws.
  • You can buy a gutter cleaning kit to make your job easier.
  • The ladder should be placed on a firm base and stand on it with your hips between the rails. Never lean out to the sides as you can slip and injure yourself.
  • Always work on the roofs on a sunny day and never in icy and cold conditions.
  • Wear shoes that have a firm grip to prevent you from slipping.
  • Take a bucket with you for collecting debris
  • Before you begin, use a leaf blower to get the leaves and debris off of the roof. A plastic scoop can also be used.
  • Start at the lower end of the gutter and work your way away from the drain outlet. Use a hose to blast the length of the gutters and take care to avoid any splattering
  • Clear any obstructions in the downspouts and if the water is not flowing freely then use the hose to loosen any dirt that may be stuck in them.