Roof & Gutter Cleaning Tips
If you're planning to start working on the outdoors of your house it means that the temperature is rising and there are a few signs that spring isn’t as far off as we may think. All sorts of leaves, branches or pieces of debris are clogging your rooftops and gutters. Well, I guess now's the time to get your ladder out of the dusty garage and inspect the problem at hand.
The clogging of leaves and debris may cause water to dam up in the gutter and leak through the roof of the house or worse. Rather be safe than sorry and add this to your DIY list. We've compiled a few easy to do steps to guide you through this process making your life easier while attending to these problems.
Tools and techniques are essential to the game of doing it yourself when working on your home. Follow these few steps and insightful guides.
1. Protective Gloves:
Work with gloves protecting your hands against whatever you'll encounter in that cloggy gutters. Gloves can protect your hand from cuts, infections or worse when working outdoors.
2. Gravity Ladder:
Buy a long folding ladder so you won't struggle to reach that high rooftop. These ladders have a range of features built to sustain and keep you from falling down with safety grips and locks.
3. Steel Bucket:
Steel Buckets is a nifty tool when cleaning that debris. Hook your bucket onto your ladder with wire or a metal hook to save time from cleaning up.The bucket not also saves time but makes it easy from a reachable distance on the roof not over extending to wipe and swipe with your hand or some tool.
4. Plan Accordingly:
Don't make your work harder than it should be, wait a day or two after a wet day for the leaves too dry. We also advise you not to climb a ladder on a wet surface. Please avoid the hazard of a wet surface for placing the ladder.
5. Work smart:
Once you're on the ladder, use one hand to scoop the loose debris closer to you while you grip the ladder with the other hand. Pick up the debris and place it into the bucket and try to keep one hand on the ladder at all times to ensure your own safety.
6. Flush out:
Pull the hose up onto the gutter and flush the excess waste down the spout, you'll be able to get a clear view of any clogs or damage left over for future repairs.
If you don't see a clear stream of water coming down your spout, then you might have a clog. A simple way to unclog is to push your hose up into the ground spout. The water will force down the debris to dismantle and flush downwards all extra remaining pieces of debris or leaves.
After you have ticked off most of the list mentioned above you're almost done for the day. But before you finish, make sure to inspect your work to ensure your gutters from the ground up are working smoothly.