How often do you scope out your gutters let alone clean them? The typical annual cleaning might not be enough for your old gutters which is why we have some pointers for tackling this project. The repercussions of not cleaning your gutters could mean replacing them fully or putting the foundation of your home at risk. Below is a walkthrough of how to execute this task.
Gather the right tools
Before you begin this project, you need to make sure you have all of the right tools. You should have the following:
Gloves: Not only will these help keep your hands clean, but they will also save you from any sharp or harmful objects you may find in your gutters.
Scoop: A scoop or handheld shovel will speed up the process.
Ladder: Unless you’re 9 feet tall, this tool is pretty self-explanatory.
Broom: The debris and leaves will need to be brushed off your roof so the rain or wind doesn’t push more into the gutters.
Garbage bags: This makes your clean up process MUCH easier.
Make sure you are using safety best practices while cleaning your gutters, including following ladder safety rules. Avoid cleaning your gutters when it’s windy, icy, or wet outside. Wearing grip bottom shoes is also very important for your safety. For more ladder safety information, check this article out.
Clear any previous debris
Once you’re up on the roof, you can begin to clear your gutters of debris. Look for sticks, leaves, and any toys or trash that could have landed up there. Cleaning the debris out could take some time, so be prepared for a little hard work.
Repair any damage
Maintaining your gutters also involves repairing any damage that has occurred. If they are damaged, you will want them in good shape before the fall brings heavy leaves, so now is the time to fix them. Be on the hunt for loose gutters, cracks, and even holes.
Hire a professional
Maybe you are already dreaming of never cleaning your gutters again. Or perhaps cleaning your gutters is a bigger project than you think you can handle. If your house is taller than one story, calling a professional might be your best bet.
Hopefully, this blog has guided you in the right direction to get your gutters cleaned. If you have any questions or would like a free inspection to replace your gutter system, contact Royalty Roofing today! We would love to take care of you.