Getting your gutter cleaning done before winter sets in
Winter is that time of the year when everyone has to take precautions like; inspecting your window panes, fireplace, and cleaning your gutters. Your gutters are the frontline of defense in preventing leaks into your home.
Gutters are the passageways of water/snow falling on the roof, and there is no other season that exposes your home to gutter damage as much as Winter.
Why you should get your gutters clean
Rotting fascia boards, flooded basements, cracked walls/patios are common unfortunate events you can avoid by cleaning your gutter. Cleaning your gutters will;
Prevent leaking and sagging gutters
When you have a ‘free’ gutter, water or melted snow will be able to pass through without settling or gathering on the channels. If water or melted ice cannot flow through the gutter, it will form a ‘lake’ together with debris falling around the roof, and make the gutter sag/leak in.
Prevents germs on the roof of your house
Stagnant water is a good breeding ground for moss, ferns, algae, and many other organisms. Once these bacteria/fungi are present, they begin to ‘attack’ your roof, which can lead to corrosion (metallic roofs) or wood destruction.
Avoid costly repairs
A leaking gutter is not only aesthetically disturbing but very problematic inside the homes. Repairing a sagged or damaged gutter will cost you a lot of stress, time, and money. Damages to your gutter also lead to chain events like roof damage, and repairing these damages will not come easy.
Damaged gutters are a disaster for the health
You do not want to add allergies/ill health together with the biting cold that the winter season brings; it will be a catastrophe. Clogged and damaged gutters are breeding grounds for different allergies/illness-causing micro-organisms. These micro-organisms can slip into the house and do real damage to the health of the inhabitants.
Keep the Pests Out
Clean gutters help to keep insects/pests away from your property; most of these pests get their food from debris that gathers in the gutter. Keeping your gutter(s) can help to rid your property from these pests once and for all.
How to clean your gutters
If you want to clean your gutters yourself, then you have to prepare to work at height. First, you will need to get all the tools the job requires; screwdriver, power washer, brush, rakes, brooms a rod.
- Navigate yourself to the top of the building (advisable through steady ladders)
- Check for clogs/debris/cracks on the gutter-ways by physical inspection
- Tap one edge of the gutter and listen to the sound; clear sound usually means a free gutter way, but a dull sound means there is a crack/blockage.
- Use your brooms/rakes to remove debris clogging the pathways of the gutter
- Wash the gutter pathways to rid it of mildew, mold, and other organisms.
Once the winter season comes, everything moving (water) freezes, and it will be harder to clean your gutter at this point. And a leaking/sagging roof is a bad way to start your winter season.
Finally, cleaning gutters can be a bit risky and complicated, and that is why you should employ professionals to clean your gutters