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Helpful Hints for Clearing the Gutters

With Autumn not being too far off something that can save you a lot of time, effort and money is checking your gutters before they get to clogged up. But if you are like most of us, cleaning the gutters out is something that is usually forgotten about until it is too late. To prevent that from happening, here are some helpful tips for you to use to keep the gutters clear and the rain water flowing.

Secure Your Ladder

This is first and foremost. If you are going to be climbing up onto your roof, then you need to make sure that your ladder is safe and secure. Have someone else hold it for you while you climb or make sure it is a sturdy one that you fully trust. One with a shelf at the top will make it easy to hang a bucket or plastic bag to collect gutter debris.

 

Use the Right Tools for the Job

A small garden trowel or shovel will help to clear away the bulk of the blockages, and a garden hose can help to clear away some hard to reach areas. Also, a hose with a pistol-grip head can easily be hung on the gutter, just be careful about any splash back!

 

Protct YourEyes and Hands

There isn’t a whole lot worse than getting an eye full of gutter muck while you blast it down with your hose. Some eye protection and some gloves can really save you some grief, as long as you remember to keep your mouth closed while you do it

 

Check the Down Pipe

Make sure you use the hose to check the Down Pipe for any more blockages. If the water starts to fill up, there may be something blocking the flow of water. Using a plumber’s snake can help to dislodge any blockages that may be obstructing the drain.

 

Have a Think About Getting Some Gutter Guards?

This type of drain protection can really save you having to put in as much effort the next time this problem rolls around. If you are like most people, the less time you have to spend with your hands in the gutter the better!

 

Know Your Limits and Stay Safe

If your roof is too high, you don’t have the right tools or have any other reasons that makes this job a bit too difficult for you, get someone to help. If you really need it, give us a call and we will see if we can help you out