If you live in one of the areas that have been impacted by constant rain lately, it is essential that your gutters are working properly. The last thing you want is for your gutters to overflow water onto your siding causing serious water damage. It is important that you are cleaning your gutters a few times a year, even in the summer. Luckily, there are few simple tips you can follow when cleaning out your gutters.
Protection Is Key
When cleaning out your gutters, it is essential that you protect yourself and stay safe throughout the entire process. You may come in contact with rotten debris and animal dropping, so make sure to wear rubber or gardening gloves. If you have an older gutter system with metal sticking out, you want to wear something to protect your hands. It is also important to wear eye gear so that you can protect yourself from any flying items when clearing out your downspout.
Scoop It Out
One of the best ways to clean out your gutters is to use a plastic scoop to clear out all of the debris. You want to make sure you are scooping to the bottom of your gutters so that you clear out everything. You want to avoid using a metal scoop because you can damage the bottom of your gutters. You can purchase a plastic scoop from your local hardware store.
Focus On The Downspouts
When cleaning out your gutters with a garden hose, you want to make sure that the water is exiting the downspout cleanly. If water is coming back up, then there is a clog in your downspout. You want to unclog the area quickly so that you can avoid water damage occurring to your home. Depending on the size of the clog, you can either tap on the sides of the downspout or remove the structure and flush it out.
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