DIY – Clean Your Gutters
How to Keep your Gutters Healthy
Did you know? Gutters are one of the most essential protective features of your house. They designed a protective barrier to capture excess water to prevent water damage to your house’s walls.
But did you also know you have to keep them healthy for them to continue doing their job effectively. When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? Probably not in a while! Or how often have you put off cleaning them?
An excellent way to remember to keep your gutters to clean is to tie it in with an important date like daylight savings or the beginning of each season. The regularity of cleaning can be more frequent, depending on your location and seasons. If you are amongst trees, for example, more frequent cleaning is inevitable.
“When was the last time you cleaned your gutters? Probably not in a while!”
Clean your gutters to avoid degraded or broken guttering. Protect your home from flooding or birds making their nest in your gutter’s debris.
Still, need a push to get up the ladder? Here are the benefits of protecting your gutters:
• Longer lifespan for your gutter system as it won’t rust or sag with the weight of the debris.
• Decrease chances of blockages in the downpipes or stormwater drains.
• Elimination of pests such as mosquitoes, cockroaches, mice, spiders, and other insects that make themselves home in your gutters.
How to clean your gutters:
Safety Warning: Remember, safety should be your number one priority. Take all necessary safety precautions before you attempt to clean the gutters. Consider having someone hold your ladder secure. If you have uneven ground or lousy weather conditions, seek professional advice or services.
Step 1: Make sure you have all the necessary tools – ladder, gloves, a small shovel, bucket, brush, bucket and hose.
Step 2: Place your ladder securely against your house, remove all the debris out of the gutter with your hands and put it into a bucket that you can hang from your ladder.
Step 3: Scrape off any debris or dirt that is stuck to the guttering using your small shovel.
Step 6: Using a hose or water blaster, blast out the gutters working towards the drain outlet.
Step 7: Finally, once you’ve removed most of the mess, give the bottom of the gutter a good sweep with a brush.
Be proactive and make your next gutter clean your last!
Cleaning gutters is time-consuming and can be dangerous. It requires specific equipment and skills. If you’re not keen to clean your gutters at least a few times a year, then take the proactive step and install your own Gutter Guard. Gutter guards sit over your guttering system – i.e. gutters and drains, eliminating the time-consuming effort of clearing out moss, mould, nests and other debris. The protective barrier formed by our gutter guard drastically reduces the cleaning frequency required.
“Gutter Guard drastically reduces the cleaning frequency required.”
Other than protecting your gutters, there are other lots of benefits to installing gutter guards:
• Prevent water-damage – gutter guard can prevent the pooling stagnant water in your gutters, which could overflow into your home or become a breeding ground for insects.
• Economical and efficient – after installing your gutter guard,, you will won’t have to clean your gutters every year or hire someone to do this for you.
• Fire protection – our gutter guard kits meet Australian fire safety regulations as stops the build-up of debris in your gutters, that reduces the risk of embers catching alight on your roof and starting a fire. A house with leaf and debris filled gutters is one at a higher risk of burning down during a bushfire.
• Avoid unwanted birds and pests – gutter guard stops birds nesting in your gutters and drains, giving pests access to your home.