Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year, but did you know that your gutters are prone to damage if they fill up with fallen leaves? If they are still blocked by winter, then there’s a possibility that they will freeze causing them to expand and retract, ultimately damaging the reliability of them. What’s more, this can create unwanted cracks in the house which allows water to enter your property and then cause damp. If you allow this to happen, you can get mould and damp growing within your walls and this can be very expensive to fix, so it’s important to learn how to clean leaves from gutters in preparation for the winter months ahead. So, do you know how to clean your gutters?
First, you should learn the signs of a clogged gutter such as:
- Water spillages
- Sagging gutters
- Staining on the brick
- Plant growth
- Birds’ nests
How To Clean Your Gutters
What you will need:
- Gutter brush
- Leaf guards
- Trowel or garden gloves
Step 1: Climb the ladder
Firstly, only attempt to clear your gutters if you feel safe doing so. You can always call a professional to complete the task if not. If you feel like you will be safe, then make sure you have a sturdy ladder that you feel secure on. Then, carefully climb the ladder so that you can reach the guttering taking with you an empty bucket.
Step 2: Clearing the gutters
With a gloved hand or a garden trowel, pick out as much of the leaves and debris as you can and put it into the bucket.
Step 3: Cleaning the gutters
Next, use your hose to clean the gutters with water. You can use a stuff brush to scrub away any stubborn grime.
Step 4: Looking For Blockages
As you pour water into the gutters, watch to make sure that the water comes out the other end. If you can’t see it running through, then follow the gutter round to identify any blockages.
Step 5: Removing blockages
If you can’t reach the blockage by hand, you can use the hose to try to dislodge the blockage by aiming the water at the blockage. Otherwise you may need to use a gutter brush to dislodge it.
Step 6: Applying leaf blockers
Now that your gutters are clean and blockage free, you may want to apply a leaf guard to prevent further blockages.
Now that you know how to clean your gutters, why not find more handy tips and tricks in our blogs such as; How To Bleed A Radiator, How To Clean Wood Burners and How To Protect Your Locks From Freezing In Winter.