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The Value of Gutter Cleaning

 

Every fall the leaves attempt to fill up the gutters and force us to trudge up a ladder to clean up everything. The most obvious benefit of a clean gutter is proper draining. The water will pour over the side and can lead to landscape erosion or pooling next to the house if it is stuffed up. During the winter ice dams can result. Ice dams are a result of water being trapped and freezing. This typically occurs when the temperate warms up, snow melts and then the follow day the temperature drops low enough to refreeze the melted snow.

 

 

GUTTER GUARD

 

Gutter guards are definitely the best prevention for simplifying cleaning. While these devices reduce debris from entering the gutter, they will not eliminate cleaning.

 

GUTTER CLEANING

 

Set a ladder reaching up to the gutter. Be doubly sure that the ladder is secure. Consider using a partner to hold the base of the ladder. Use gloves or a trowel to clear the debris from the gutter and drop it to the ground or place it in a bucket. If you do drop the debris to the ground, try placing a wheelbarrow below so you don’t have to clean up the ground, too. Next, move the ladder to the downspout and remove the strainer. Otherwise, clean the ones currently in the downspout and put them back in place. It is very difficult to get all the little bits of debris out of the gutter with gloves or a trowel. After doing the majority of the cleaning, use a garden hose to flush the remaining bits away. After finishing up, check for spots where landscape has eroded or water is pooling. There might be gap in the drainage or splashing from a high segment if the the gutters are clean and this still occurs.

 

INSPECT THE ROOF

 

While you are already up on the ladder, cleaning the gutters, inspect the roof of your home for defects. Leaks through shingles can result in serious water damage. Replace any damaged shingles or call a professional to take a closer look.

 

Conclusion

Every fall the leaves attempt to fill up the gutters and force us to trudge up a ladder to clean up everything. The most obvious benefit of a clean gutter is proper draining. Gutter guards are definitely the best prevention for simplifying cleaning. While these devices reduce debris from entering the gutter, they will not eliminate cleaning. While you are already up on the ladder, cleaning the gutters, inspect the roof of your home for defects.

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