Methods To Clean Gutters and Downspouts

Methods To Clean Gutters and Downspouts

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The gutter system, along with the downspouts and extensions ensures that the water flows away off the roof from your home’s foundation.

The roof gutters in the overhanging eaves are an essential part of the roofing system, especially in the times when it rains heavily. The drainage system protects against wood rot and failure at the roof fascia boards and siding. It also protects against damping of your walls and basement through the influx of water and water leakages.

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Gutters and downspouts can get clogged with hair, leaves, dirt and debris brought by the wind and pollution which hampers the proper functioning of the system. Gutter clogging takes place during a particular time of the year such as spring or autumn when trees are casting seeds and leaves are falling respectively.

Cleaning gutters and downspouts is not a complicated job when you have experts by your side that can get it all done. If you are a do-it-yourself person, then you must be familiar with the process since it involves climbing a ladder to reach the edge of your roof. You need to take the safety precautions when you are involved in the cleaning process.

Tools and Material

The first thing to decide is the tools- how are you going to collect leaves and remove other matter? The methods will vary depending upon the material, whether it’s damp, soggy, hard or dry.

Basic stuff involves:

  • Leaf scooper
  • Ladder
  • Plastic bucket with wire handle
  • Garden hose

If the contents are damp-

Use Scoop and Drop Method:

When the contents of the gutter are wet or damp, you need to scoop them off and place it in a plastic bag. All you go to do is move the plastic bag along with you while collecting the debris from the gutter.

Gutter Bucket:

The gutter bucket has a plastic bucket with a metallic handle. You need to cut the handle in two at the center and bend the ends of the halves into a hook. Then place it on the edge of the gutter. You can scoop out the debris from the gutter and empty it into the bucket.

If the contents are dry-

Gutter Bag Method:

In the gutter bag method, along with cutting and bending the handle over the edges of the gutter, you also have to cut the bottom of the bucket, creating a bottomless bucket.

You can fasten the trash bag just with the duct tape or rubber band beneath the metallic handle. As you will scoop dry leaves into the bucket, they will funnel down into the trash bag.

This method is useful for dry and light leaves, but it will not work with heavy and wet gutter debris.

If you are unable to clean using the above-mentioned methods, you can always rely on professional cleaners who are trained in cleaning all sorts of debris with the right equipment in hand.

 

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