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Gutter Cleaning Tips

Gutters are an integral part of a home’s drainage system. To do their job, they must be clear of leaves and debris. When gutters clog, drain outlets will dam up and rainwater will fill the gutters. Clogged gutters overflow and eventually pull loose. Many people believe cleaning the gutters is a once a year event, but it is highly dependent on where your home is located that determines the frequency of cleaning its gutters.  In many parts of Canberra, it is not sufficient, particularly at this time of year, where deciduous trees have their leaves fall off to avoid the adverse weather conditions that come with Winter. 

So here are a few handy tips to help make this task easier:

  • When working on the roof, wear rubber sole shoes and only walk on the front edge of the tile as it is the strongest part.
  • Wear heavy working gloves to protect your hands since gutters often have sharp metal parts or screw points protruding that could cause injury.
  • Choose a sturdy ladder, and place it on a firm, level base. Considering you’ll be moving the ladder frequently, a tall step ladder can be easier to use than an extension ladder. Ensure it is well secured so it cannot slide away and if  using a step ladder, NEVER stand on the top rung.

Here’s what is inside the recommended gutter cleaning tool kit.

Hard bristled broom and hand brush – To sweep up dirt and debris.

  • Hand trowel or garden hand spade – To save your hands from cuts and grazes.
  • Battery operated blower – To help remove small amounts left behind.
  • A pressure washer or high-pressure hose – Will make quick work of stubborn debris and organic build-up and help clean tiles.
  • Bucket – To collect debris.       

It is important to note, if you are uncomfortable with working at heights, we strongly recommend you engage with a professional to do the task for you. Ray White recommends Inline Maintenance, give Mark a call on 0405 420 858.