Tips For Unblocking Downspouts

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gutter guard shutterstock_431983048-300x200 Gutters play an essential role in protecting your roof from damage caused by water, moisture and debris. They do this by channeling water away from your home. However, it is an unfortunate fact that gutters and downspouts often become clogged with leaves, twigs and dirt, which may eventually cause damage. Below are some gutter tips you can follow when maintaining your gutters and downspouts this spring:

Clear Away Large Debris

The first task on your list should be to clear away large pieces of debris. Using plastic gloves, gather any leaves, twigs and piles of dirt you wish to discard and toss them into a small plastic bag.

Removing Stubborn Debris and Clogs

After all large pieces of debris are disposed of, you must then check for patches of decomposed leaves or dirt that may have compromised certain areas of the downspouts or gutters. A small putty knife it is a great tool to break up stubborn patches of debris. However, do not use the tool in a rough manner, as this may result in a damaged gutter.

To remove any remaining clogs, run water through gutters and downspouts with a garden hose and have someone check to see if the water is coming through freely on the other end. If the water is flowing through slowly and still contains some debris, keep the stream of water going until it runs clear.

Other Helpful Gutter Tips:

If the downspout of your system leads directly to the drain, you should first disconnect the two areas so that debris is not accidentally pushed into the drain and another problem created. When the system has been cleaned and unclogged, you should also tighten any loose nails and screws while you are still on the ladder, as this will save work later.

Virtually all homeowners want a safe and comfortable dwelling, and following the aforementioned gutter tips will help you jump start your spring home maintenance. Finally, if you suspect your home has a gutter or roof problem, contact a professional as soon as possible to inspect the area and offer an estimate.

Gutter Cleaning Tips For April 2017

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gutter guard shutterstock_162672428-300x200 As April arrives, it is time to begin your spring cleaning routine. Besides dusting your home’s interior, you should head outdoors for gutter cleaning. At this time of year, gutters are probably filled with debris from newly budded branches and old leaves and pine needles from winter storms. To avoid rain overflow, there are some gutter tips that will help to safely get ready for springtime.

1. Use the Correct Spring Nozzle

While gutter cleaning, it is best to use a spray nozzle with a pistol-grip handle, which can be easily hung on the front of the gutter while moving the ladder. It is advised to spray in the direction of the downspout so that small debris exits quickly.

2. Practice Ladder Safety

It is vital to use a sturdy aluminum ladder that can hold a large bucket for debris. A four-legged ladder is best for a ranch-style home, and an extension ladder should be used for a two-story residence. The bucket should be secured to the ladder with a lanyard as well.
3. Rake the Roof

The first step of gutter cleaning is raking the debris off your roof. If not, the next storm will wash the dirt down into your newly cleaned gutters, which can lead to clogs. Also, leaving debris on the roof can cause water damage around your chimney.

4. Wear Rubber Shoes

If you must walk on your roof, you should wear shoes with good treads. Rubber soles adhere well and will prevent slips. Since a roof may be wet in the morning, it is smart to begin cleaning when the sun is up and has dried the moisture.

5. Unblock Downspouts

It is essential to make sure your downspouts are completely clear. To unclog the pipe, it is wise to run water at full pressure and tap its side. If this is not successful, the downspout may need to be removed and flushed from the bottom. Remember to protect your eye from flying debris.

The above tips will help you get your gutters ready for springtime 2016. If you want this to be the last time you perform this task, consult with K-Guard. This company has a patented leaf-free gutter system that is durable and designed to cover the area so that gutters remain free of debris that causes blockages. With this type of system, you will never need to clean your gutters again.

Gutter Cleaning Tips For Springtime

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gutter guard 32046427_l-300x200 Most property owners realize that gutters provide protection from debris, leaves and dirt that would otherwise coagulate on the roof of the home. Nevertheless, some people fall into the trap of overlooking gutters until serious issues occur. Fortunately, installing guards and cleaning gutters on a regular basis are not difficult tasks. Below are some Springtime gutter tips to help you protect your home from moisture damage.

  1. Install Gutter GuardsWithout gutter guards a house is susceptible to various types of damage, some of which may be serious. Leaky roofs, rotting wood, seepage of water into the basement of the home, and even damage to the foundation are all possibilities if such guards are not used. The primary purpose of these devices are to prevent the aforementioned clogs from occurring in the first place. This allows the water to drain appropriately, which eliminates the need for frequent Springtime gutter replacement and helps to prevent damage to the home.
  2. Regular Gutter Maintenance. Using plastic gloves, you should remove all visible dirt, leaves, twigs and other debris that may have collected in the gutter during winter. If necessary, use a putty knife to remove stubborn areas of decomposed foliage, but use this tool gently to avoid damage. Next, thoroughly rinse the gutters with the garden hose to ensure any traces of dirt or leaves are removed. Springtime is also a good time to tighten loose screws or nails.

Additional Springtime Gutter Tips:

Checking the downspout for obstructions is a good idea as well, which is easily accomplished with a strong spray from a standard garden hose. If the downspout of your gutter system goes directly to the drain, disassemble this part before using the garden hose so that you do not accidentally force debris into the drain and ultimately create another problem. Finally, if you notice any roof problems or it appears that the time has come for new gutters, contact a professional to obtain a free quote for this project.