24/12/2018 0 Comments
How to Clean Your Gutters and Edmonton Eavestrough
Cleaning gutters and eavestroughs are part of home ownership tasks, and not ones you look forward to each year. However, doing this regularly can prevent you from having to deal with the aftermath of a clogged gutter – including water damage, mould, or foundation issues.
More so, eavestroughs and gutters play a pivotal role in your roof and siding functionality. When they are cleared out, you can rest assured you will not endure the costs of a premature replacement of either.
The Right Way to Clean Your Home’s Gutters
You have a few ways to clean out your gutters, and you do not need any fancy tools or equipment to do so – unless you prefer to use them. Most of the equipment you need is already in your garage or shed.
Here is how you clean out your gutters:
- Gather your equipment: You want a sturdy, reliable ladder to start. Then, you will want rubber gloves and a garden hose equipped with a stream and spray nozzle. Never use a pressure washer in your eavestroughs – this can cause permanent damage.
- Start at the Drain Pipe: The drain pipe is the one leading down off your home’s side and toward where the water drains off to. Make sure you do not have any obstructions in the pipe.
- Work Your Way Up: While you might think you work from top to bottom, if you have a clog at the bottom already, the dirt you spray back down the pipes will only clog further and defeat the purpose. Working your way up from the drain pipe and using a trowel to scoop and scrape out debris as you go is the best way to prevent clogs.
- Take Your Time: While it is a chore no one wants to do, it does take some time. Also, rushing means that you will probably skip essential steps and put your safety at risk.
- Alternate: As you clean, you will alternate between scooping, scraping gently, and spraying. Water should always flow smoothly behind the work area you have just scraped out. Do not let any leaves, small sticks, or debris remains when you rinse; otherwise, you are only adding debris to create a clog.
Is It Time for New Eavestroughs on Your Home?
Gutters and eavestroughs do not last your home forever. If you notice tears, holes, warped channels and edges, or you have rust, it is time to replace the ones you have.
The team at Ultimate Renovations can help you replace and update your eavestroughs with high-quality, durable ones. We install new eavestroughs and ensure there are no gaps or leaks after installation, and we also use a baked-on enamel finish for maximum durability. We can install them in a variety of colours to match your existing exterior or to transform the look of your home too.