The ultimate guide to cleaning gutters
9 September 2014
There’s no point in denying it. Summer is over, your kids are back in school and you’ve got some homework of your own to ensure complete peace of mind in the cold months ahead.
We know it’s a dirty job, but keeping your gutters clean and spotting potential problems before they cause severe damage will help you save time and money. Properly taking care of your gutters is one of the most important home improvement tasks and it will help you:
• Maintain the integrity of your roof, which is one of the most important and expensive features of your house
• Avoid moss build-up and clogs in your downpipes caused by debris
• Allow water to drain properly away from your home
• Prevent water from penetrating your home and leading to mould, dampness, erosion, and even health problems
• Stop damage to walls, fascias, soffits, exterior paint and woodwork
• Start cleaning the gutter near the downpipes and remove large debris such as leaves or twigs.
• To avoid injury, use a stable ladder to inspect gutters for signs of damage or clogging rather than checking from the roof. If you’re working near an electrical source, make sure you are on a wooden or a fiberglass ladder. For optimum balance, stand on the fourth step from the top.
• Put a bucket on a hook next to you or use a canvas or rubbish bag to collect debris as you go, as this will save you time.
• Flush the gutter with water and ensure proper flow.
• Fix leaks or holes in the gutter by replacing a section of the gutter.
• Ensure that all gutters are securely attached.
To prevent gutters from blockages, use a hedgehog gutter brush for the best results. These come in several sizes and colours to suit any home and are available from £28.46 at store.eurocell.co.uk.
If your guttering is too damaged and needs replacing, go to store.eurocell.co.uk for the complete range of rainwater systems and accessories that offer a long-term solution, and are also fast and easy to install.
Remember! If you are unsure of what to do or if you feel you don’t have the proper tools for these home maintenance tasks, call a professional or contact Eurocell directly.
Did you know? Decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost.