Keeping the guttering clean and free from dirt and debris will pay dividends. Blocked gutters cause rainwater to overflow and run down walls causing damp and mould. Persistent water pouring around the base of a house could, in the long run, start to wash away foundations causing cracks and sinkage to supporting walls. So by ensuring you carry out a thorough professional gutter cleaning every spring and autumn, you will ensure that your gutters keep doing the job they are supposed to do.
However, you do need to make sure you do a professional job and this means starting out with a little planning and use of the correct tools.If you organise yourself to carry out the work in suitable weather conditions and clean out the gutters after a few dry days, then the debris will also have dried out a little, making it easier to shift. Then, get the following equipment ready to use, trowel, ladder(step ladder for one storey buildings, long ladder with extension for two-storey homes),two buckets with wire hooks, garden hose with a nozzle or gutter cleaning attachment and sturdy gloves.
Make sure that your ladder is standing on firm, dry and level ground before starting to ascend, and in one bucket put the tools you are going to use, the other one is to collect all the dirt and muck that will be up in the gutters. Carry one bucket up at a time and hook over the sides of the ladder before using, and wearing gloves, start from the downspout and clear out the largest clumps of debris. Use the trowel to scoop out any dried and stuck bits of mud and dirt and move the ladder along the gutter cleaning out all the leaves, bits of birds nests and moss until it is relatively clear.
Dispose of the rubbish and then go back up the ladder with the garden hose and nozzle and starting at the opposite end to the drainpipe, flush out the remaining dirt with the water. Get someone to check that the water is being flushed through the downspout and once it begins to run clear then switch off the hose. Check for leaks in the guttering at the same time and you might want to think about adding gutter mesh or screening. This will keep debris from collecting in the gutters and will make gutter cleaning a lot easier.
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