Rainwater runoff can become obstructed by leaves, moss and debris over time. Clearing out gutters of debris and leaves can make them flow more efficiently, and help prevent flooding and damp. These gutter cleaning tips will help you get gutters that you are proud of.
Make sure you have the right tools for the job
If you want to clean your gutters properly there are a selection of gutter cleaning machine that will help make the job easier and safer.
- PPE Eye protection, Non-slip rubber soled boots and waterproof clothing
- Pressure washer with attachments will quickly remove stubborn dirt and organic buildup and clean up tiles.
- Hand brush and hard bristled broom – To clear the roof and empty the gutters of any debris.
- To remove gutter gunk, use a small hand trowel
- Use these green waste bags to collect leaves, moss, and other debris from your roof or guttering.
- A sturdy ladder For single-story buildings, a pressure washer attachment might eliminate the need to use a ladder. A ladder is required for double-story buildings.
- Cleaning Solution – This multi-purpose cleaner will remove ingrained leaf-litter and dirt without causing damage to the guttering surface.
Use PPE when cleaning gutters. This is especially important when you are using a pressure washer. Flying dirt and debris can cause injuries. Wear non-slip shoes and avoid any electrical cables located in the vicinity or above your work area.
First, clean the roof
It is important to clean your roof before you start cleaning the gutters. Use a hard bristled brush or a blower to remove loose debris and bag it. A brush can be used to loosen any moss on tiles. This will prevent rainwater from getting into your gutters. It is a good idea to clean the roof and inspect your guttering for cracks or splits and make sure that all fastenings are in place.
Clear gutters by hand
Most likely, your gutters are full of small plants, moss, and decomposing leaves. It can become tar-like and thicken over time. It is best to remove the bulk of the buildup by hand before you start pressure washing your gutters. If you attempt to clean it off, it will block the downpipes and drains. This debris can be removed by using a small trowel to scrap the guttering and scoop it up.
Choose a cleaning product
Good cleaning solutions will loosen any hard deposits and provide a lubricating effect to remove dirt when pressure washing. You can also use many cleaning products to prevent organic debris buildup on your gutters and cut through airborne pollutants like grease, oil, and tar. To remove stubborn dirt, you can use a rotating toothbrush accessory to clean your pressure washer.
Use the right nozzles and an angled spray lance
A angled spray nozzle is ideal for people who work from a ladder. It makes it easier to reach all areas of the gutter. It is crucial to choose the right nozzle for your gutter material. Some nozzle attachments might be too strong for PVC and rusted gutters, while others may not have a sufficient spray diameter. A fan-spray pattern is the best type of nozzle for gutters. For example, a flat jet nozzle will force water out of gutters. This allows all surfaces to be cleaned simultaneously.
Protecting your guttering
You can purchase specialist paints to prevent rust and protect your gutters from the elements. You should clean your gutters with a pressure washer. Next, rub it back to remove dirt. Then let it dry. After it is dry, you can apply weatherproof paint. Plastic guttering should not be painted as the paint could not adhere to it or contain chemicals that can degrade it.
Clean the downpipes
Your downpipes can become blocked and prevent water from draining off your roof. A blocked downpipe (or an improper angle to your gutters) could be the reason for water leaking from your roof and property. There are several ways to clear a blocked downpipe. It all depends on your personal preference. Your gutters will work at their best if your downpipes are clean.
Clear out the drains
Many people neglect to clean their drains when cleaning gutters. Although debris and blockages are easy to spot in gutters, they can be difficult to find in drains. Use a trowel to remove any dirt, leaves, and litter from the drain. Next, pour in a high-quality drain cleaner. You can use a pressure washer attachment to clear out blocked drains.
Fit gutter guards
Gutter guards are a great option if your gutters have become blocked too often. They attach to the gutters’ tops to keep large debris out. These gutter guards can also be used to keep birds away from your gutters. They act as a sieve and filter out most dirt and debris. Gutter guards are a time-saving and labor-saving tool that can be used to clean and maintain your gutters. Gutter guards are universally applicable so it is easy to use.
Most people find that gutter cleaning is enough for them to be done twice a year. It will make your gutters easier to clean again after you’ve given them a thorough clean. A bi-annual clean can prevent moss from growing and wash away most of the debris and dirt before solidifying. People who live in areas with many trees might need to clean out their gutters every three months or get gutter guards.