Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris helps the water to redirect to locations that can’t damage your home. When a gutter is clogged, water can become trapped. That trapped water has no choice but to back up into your roof. Over time, this can cause roof damage and lead to the buildup of mold and mildew. To avoid this, you’ll want to clean your gutters.
Having the Right Setup
Gutter cleaning can be dangerous if you don’t have the right setup. You’ll want to make sure that you have a sturdy extendable ladder. Place the ladder on a sturdy surface. Never place the ladder near or on rocks, as this can cause it to shift. A ladder stabilizer can also be used. In addition to the ladder, you should have a helper. A helper can ensure that the ladder is stable and help you with cleaning.
The next thing you’ll want to do is to be dressed properly. Wear rubber gloves, work pants, goggles, and a long-sleeved shirt. Nonslip shoes are also a good idea since gutter cleaning can often be slippery.
The Gutter Cleaning Process
You’ll want to lay down a tarp to catch all the gunk that you take out of the gutters. You’ll then need to use a small scoop or your hands to scoop out all of the debris. Be careful not to damage the gutters.
Once you’ve removed the gunk out of the gutters, use your water hose to flush out any debris that’s left. During this time, pay attention to where the water goes. If you see dripping water, you have a leak in your gutters and need a gutter repair. Also, look for any sags in your gutter. If you see a sag somewhere, you can repair it with a metal strap.
Gutter cleaning should be done by a professional if you have any health issues that prevent you from safely completing the task. At Fix-A-Leak Plumbing and Heating Inc., we offer gutter cleaning as well as water heater repair and plumbing services. We serve Hauppauge and the surrounding areas of New York. Call us today to schedule your next gutter cleaning.