It can be pretty easy to overlook your gutters. Well, we don’t blame you – you probably can’t see them most of the time.
But they can be problematic with the drainage of natural water away from your home. Blocked gutters can cause a number of niggly problems like damp, rotting fascias and corrosion. You don’t want any of that.
So clear your gutters thoroughly to get rid of all the bad stuff. As a final step, use a mixture of one part bleach to four parts water to wash gutters out and stop mould and lichen from growing. Depending on how much debris your gutters and downpipes have in them, you should aim to check your gutters twice a year. It can be a bit of a grubby job, so glove up before you get into it.
Clearing them out will:
- Prevent water damage to your home
- Avoid the nesting of birds, mosquitoes and other insects.
- Stop roofing or guttering from bearing damp, heavy loads
- Maintain the value and beauty of your home.
There are cleaning tools you can buy to make things easier, but using your hands to remove leaves and debris will do just fine and save you a bit of dosh. Once you’ve removed the bulk of the debris, grab a hose and wash away any further loose bits. And make sure to take care if you’re using a ladder to clean out your gutters.
Remember to disconnect your downpipe before cleaning it if you collect rainwater from the roof for use in the home. Give the system a good rinse with clean water before reattaching the downpipe. Take care if you’re using water blasters or hoses, as the high pressure can creep in through cracks and get into your home.
Read our blog on gradual damage