Fall is the time of year to get your house in order before winter arrives and that includes good, old-fashioned gutter cleaning. It’s not a pretty job, and one you probably put off doing as much as possible. But, for the safety and condition of your gutters and roof, it’s a dirty job that needs to be done.
To do the job properly gutters and downspouts must be clear of leaves and debris. If you live in an area with dense trees, it is especially important they are decluttered. Here are some helpful tips to get the job done quickly, easily and most of all, safely!
First, choose a sturdy ladder and place it on a firm, level base. Wear non-slip shoes and never lean over the edge or work near power lines. As for supplies, wear heavy work gloves to protect your hands from sharp metals and screws. It’s also helpful to have a bucket for collecting debris and a drop cloth to protect areas under the gutters (and as a catch-all for any fallen leaves and sticks).
1.) Rake the leaves and debris off of the roof so the next heavy rain doesn’t wash it down into the gutters, filling them up again.
2.) Scoop out loose debris using a narrow garden trowel and into a bucket.
3.) Once cleared, hose out the gutters with a high-pressure nozzle garden house. Scrub away any encrusted dirt as necessary.
4.) Test and clear obstructed drain pipes. If water doesn’t drain freely try flushing them out with a hose or plumbers’ auger.
Follow these easy instructions and your gutters will be ready for the coming winter months. While you’re on the ladder or sweeping the roof, keep any eye out for any roofing issues and inconstancies. If you think there might be an issue, give the Jacksonville roofers at A Crown Roofing a call. We’ll be happy to come out and inspect the conditions and make any needed repairs.